Police Involved in Standoff at Tuscaloosa Apartment Complex

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A standoff at a Tuscaloosa apartment
complex between police and an armed man who allegedly fired shots
during a domestic dispute continued into the night Wednesday night.

Police Chief Ken Swindle told Tuscaloosa TV station WVUA that officers were serving a warrant on a domestic violence situation a the Downing Place Apartments when the man refused to come out of the apartment. His ex-girlfriend was believed to be in the apartment with him.

Police did not immediately identify the man or woman.

Police spokesman Robert Fourt told the News the armed standoff started around noon when a woman called to report a domestic dispute and a man took the phone from her. A dispatcher called the number and sent officers to the apartment when no one aswered.

A police spokesman said officers released tear gas in the apartment to try to get the man out. His mother also spoke to him by phone from outside the apartment.

One school in the area was placed on lockdown this afternoon and others did not immediately allow students to leave at the end of the day. All students were allowed to go when their parents arrived.

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