One hostage reportedly has been removed from a private residence in the Royal Oaks Drive community, but at least one other remains, according to emergency officials on the scene.Earlier this morning, …
One hostage reportedly has been removed from a private residence in the Royal Oaks Drive community, but at least one other remains, according to emergency officials on the scene.
Earlier this morning, a Bradley County Sheriff's Office patrol deputy made a traffic stop involving an automobile that may have been stolen.
James Bradford, BCSO communications director, issued the following statement, "A traffic stop was initiated by a patrol deputy which led to the discovery that the vehicle was possibly stolen. During the traffic stop, the driver took the passenger hostage and forcibly entered into a residence."
Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson advised the vehicle was apparently stolen in Georgia.
According to reports, the suspect put a gun to a passenger's head and forced his way into a nearby private residence, after the traffic stop in Cleveland.
Watson said the homeowner barricaded herself in a back room, and from there was rescued from the house by SWAT team members.
At this point, the suspect and the passenger from the stolen vehicle remain inside the house.
BCSO has released no identities, of either the suspect or his hostages.
Although the suspect is reportedly armed, no shots have been fired.
Authorities have asked that Royal Oaks residents with children in school contact the school for pickup information.
Those children will be held at their respective schools until the parents can pick them up or make arrangements to have them picked up.
School staff and teachers will remain with the students until they are picked up.
This is a developing story. Further details will be provided as they develop, and full information will be included in Wednesday's edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.
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