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Gunman in custody after hours-long standoff with Metro Nashville Police, SWAT

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Police arrested a man after a nearly seven-hours-long standoff with police on Wednesday.

Justin Jones, with his young daughter in tow, fired shots at the ground near his wife at about 7 a.m. Jones then barricaded himself inside an apartment and fired shots from the second floor. The shooting promoted evacuations of the building and lockouts at nearby schools.

Metro Nashville Police officers said a robot was used to make entry into an apartment at the Tony Sudekom public housing complex where a gunman had barricaded himself inside and was firing shots.

"As we tried to set up to bring this person into custody to eliminate the threat he was posing to people in this area, he fired on officers repeatedly," MNPD Spokesperson Don Aaron said.

Police said about three hours after Justin Jones fired the last shots from inside the apartment, a robot was deployed to find out his status.

Police said a "flash-bang" was used as a distraction as the robot removed a screen door and made entry. That's when SWAT said they detected movement. SWAT then made contact and Jones surrendered peacefully.

The whole situation stemmed from an argument between Jones and his wife, police said. Jones was seen on surveillance video armed with a pistol and firing his gun with his 11-year-old daughter next to him outside the apartments at about 7 a.m. Jones then barricaded himself inside an apartment, police responded and the situation escalated.

We know the violence has occurred here in the past," Aaron said. "We’re trying to dampen it and this guy being here this morning, a convicted felon, armed with a gun who apparently is supposed to be in Mississippi, not even in Tennessee, is posing a significant danger to all of us.”

A warrant has been issued against Jones for aggravated assault. Police said Jones will most likely be facing federal charges as well as ATF and the U.S. Attorney's office were on scene.

Metro Police Officer Gerry Hutcheson was hit in the shoulder by a non-penetrating round during the standoff situation. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be checked out and has since been discharged. Police said Another officer spotted the bullet in Hutcheson's chest. The gunman also fired a round near a SWAT officer, who fired one round in return. Neither the SWAT officer nor the suspect were struck.

Jones is a convicted felon. Metro Police said it appears Jones was paroled out of Ohio in December 2016 with terms of supervised release in Mississippi. Police said Ohio apparently thought Jones was in Mississippi.

The standoff situation promoted several Metro Nashville Schools to go on lockouts, which have since been lifted.

Police say they are not releasing surveillance video at this time. MDHA confirmed to FOX 17 News that Jones is not a resident at the apartments. According to MDHA rules, a person can't stay longer than 14 consistent days without signing a lease.

A person claiming to be Jones' sister was arrested at the scene for disorderly conduct.

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UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.

Metro Police identified Justin Jones as gunman in a standoff at Tony Sudekum Apartments, just south of downtown Nashville.

Right now, SWAT and police negotiators are inside the public housing building, attempting to persuade gunman Jones to surrender peacefully.

Police say the situation started after he fired shots at his girlfriend following a fight at about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Metro Police Officer Gerry Hutcheson was hit in the shoulder by a non-penetrating round during the standoff situation. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

A SWAT officer was shot at and returned one round of fire. The officer was not hit.


UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.

Two officers were fired at in a standoff situation at Tony Sudekum Apartments.

Right now, police say a subject is still barricaded inside the apartments along Charles E. Davis Blvd. SWAT negotiators have set up and are trying to get the subject to come out of the apartments.

Police say the incident started Wednesday morning when the gunman fired a shot in the vicinity of his girlfriend on the ground. Police officers responded and shots continued to be fired.

FOX 17 News crews on the scene heard upwards of 10 shots fired.

Police said a Metro Police officer's bullet-proof vest was struck in the shoulder area. The bullet was non-penetrative. That officer was taken to the hospital.

The gunmen also fired one round in the direction of a SWAT officer, who returned one round. The SWAT officer was not struck.

The apartments have since been evacuated and residents are being held at the Nashville Public Library. One family is sheltering in place with a police officer because the building was deemed unsafe to leave.

Johnson Alternative Learning Center, Cameron College Prep and Napier Elementary are all on lockout while crews investigate.

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UPDATE: SWAT negotiators are setting up at Tony Sudekum Apartments as fire has been ringing out Wednesday morning in a standoff situation.

Roads are closed in the area.


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UPDATE: Officials confirm a Metro Police officer was shot in a bullet-proof vest and is being taken to the hospital. Police said the bullet was non-penetrative.

Shots are still being fired as police respond to a barricaded subject on the second floor of Tony Sudekum Apartments.

The buildings have been evacuated and area schools are on lockout. One family is sheltering in place as police said the building they were in was unsafe to evacuate. A police officer is with the family.


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Metro Police said Tony Sudekum Apartments are being evacuated as shots are continued to be fired from the second floor of the building.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Johnson Alternative Learning Center, Cameron College Prep and Napier Elementary are all on lockout while crews investigate.

The residents will head to the Nashville Public Library.

Metro Housing Authority said they are aware of the shooting.

This is a breaking story that will be updated.

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Metro Police are responding to a shooting and barricaded subject south of downtown Nashville and say its an active scene.

It was reported in the 100 block of Charles E. Davis Boulevard, near Tony Sudekum Apartments, a public housing facility.

Right now, police said one person is barricaded inside an apartment and shots are being fired from the second floor.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Johnson Alternative Learning Center, Cameron College Prep and Napier Elementary are all on lockout while crews investigate.

Fox 17 News has a crew headed to the scene and will be updated.

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