One arrested after show of force in Lonsdale

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Dozens of police officers descended upon the Lonsdale neighborhood in North Knoxville while serving a search warrant Wednesday afternoon. 

Officers clad in green paramilitary gear and assault weapons prepared to storm a house as residents watched from inside their homes or from the perimeter, which was sealed off with crime scene tape. 

The only information about what led to the deployment of so much firepower came from a series of short posts on Twitter from KPD spokesperson Scott Erland.

The first post, which was sent at 3:44 p.m., said that officers had tried to serve a search warrant “on a subject who is known to be armed at a residence” on Ohio Avenue.

“It is believed that the subject is inside of the residence, but that is not confirmed at this time. Multiple KPD units, including crisis negotiators, are on scene in an attempt to safely make contact with the subject. Please avoid the area if possible,” Erland said.

At 5 p.m., a second post said that the residence “had been cleared and the subject was not located.”

Then, at 7 p.m., a third post said that police had found the subject, who was “taken into custody safely and without incident.”

Police didn’t release the name of the suspect or any details of the case they were working.

Members of KPD’s SWAT team prepare to deploy Wednesday in Lonsdale. Photo by Jenna Stambaugh.

Published on July 8, 2021