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Multi-hour hostage standoff with Knoxville police ends without injury

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Knoxville police were engaged in a hostage standoff for hours until overnight Thursday until it ended without injury early Friday morning.

Just before midnight Thursday, the Knoxville police officers saw 30-year-old Amari Beal, a suspect with outstanding arrest warrants, enter a residence at 1501 Moses Avenue. The officers approached the house and knocked on the door where they spoke through the door with the female homeowner.

As the officers backed away from the house the woman started screaming for help and that the Beal would not let her or her 3-year-old child leave the house. Beal had also barricaded the door.

The officers on the scene called for Negotiators and Special Operation Squad members to respond to the scene. Negotiators were able to make contact and speak to both the suspect and the female but communications eventually ended without the release of the hostages. 

After the suspect quit communicating with the negotiators and refused to let the female and her child leave, Special Operation Squad members made entry into the residence at 4:33 a.m.

Beal was taken into custody without incident and the female and her child was rescued. No one was injured during the incident.

Beal has been charged with two counts of false imprisonment. He also had outstanding warrants for several crimes including aggravated burglary, theft and a drug arrest in Washington County. 


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