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Suspect subdued following standoff

Laurie Everett mtjulietnews@tds.net • Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM

MT. JULIET – Officers used a Taser to subdue a man apparently involved a domestic assault incident early Wednesday following a standoff that lasted several hours.

According to Mt. Juliet police spokesperson Tyler Chandler, Jesse Gerg, 25, started the standoff with police Tuesday at about 11:45 p.m. at a home on Whitnell Drive. Chandler said officers responded to a domestic assault complaint and found a 28-year-old man "assault victim in the front yard."

Chandler said Gerg "assaulted" his younger brother during an argument.

When officers tried to make contact with Gerg, he locked himself in a bedroom, Chandler said.

Gerg used "foul language" and would not surrender and eventually told officers he was armed and threatened to shoot them, according to Chandler.

Chandler said the threat prompted officers to call in the department's Special Response Team.

"Our Special Response Team is comprised of dedicated, highly trained officers who are always ready to quickly respond to dangerous incidents in our neighborhoods," said police Chief James Hambrick. "When a combative individual makes a poor decision and threatens to shoot officers, he will be treated as if he is armed. The safety of our citizens is our No. 1 priority."

SRT officers arrived at the scene, along with crisis negotiators. According to police, Gerg did not respond to orders to retreat.

He was eventually found in the backyard of the home and failed to comply with officers’ orders to surrender. Chandler said an SRT officer used a "less-lethal Taser device to gain control of Gerg," and he was arrested. The standoff lasted about four hours.

Chandler said officers did not find a firearm in the home. Gerg was charged with domestic assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and simple assault. Gerg remained in Wilson County Jail on Wednesday night on $5,000 total bond.

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