Last Tuesday not your typical deadline day

Published 3:56 pm Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A typical deadline Tuesday turned out quite different on April 21.

Last week, I was working to get the April 22 edition completed, and received a call from a local reporter asking whether I’d heard about the standoff on Sneed Drive.

At that point, I didn’t know anything about it and quickly got to the scene.

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I was on scene and began to take notes, detailing what I was seeing.

Some things I noted were the drone fly overs law enforcement were implementing to get an idea of the house, where officials later were talking with the suspect in the standoff; the bearcat that was used; law enforcement vehicles coming and going; and the various agencies that were called to the scene.

The total time that it took law enforcement to resolve the issue peacefully took about 12 hours.

While standing at my post with other newspaper and TV reporters, I noted that at least it was a beautiful day and the temperature wasn’t that bad.

At long last, the standoff ended around 8:30 p.m. and we made our way toward a short press conference with Chief Chuck Brooks.

Afterward, I walked back to my car and noted that my head was burning from being sun burnt.

The next few days had me dealing with somewhat burning skin and peeling, which entered the weekend.

Being at the scene gave me time to hone in on my observation skill.

I observed many things, and kudos goes to the law enforcement that helped bring the situation to a peaceful end.