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East Memphis barricade ends peacefully

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An East Memphis neighborhood was on lockdown as police worked a barricade situation near Kirby Parkway and Corsica.

An East Memphis barricade situation that began late Thursday night before midnight unfolded for the better part of 12 hours.

The situation on Kirby Parkway and Corsica at around 11:20 p.m., ended when the man who had been shooting at police put his weapon down.

Police received a call about a person who was drunk and armed with a gun. When officers arrived they tried to assist other family members out of the house when the subject fired at them.

Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff, TACT and SWAT teams, and negotiators assisted.

"Memphis TACT unit was all over the property," said one man. "They actually had right here at this brick wall, a sniper set up with a sniper rifle."

While Memphis police were negotiating with the man for several hours, they also were busy taking care of several elderly neighbors who were not able to safely leave the area.

Both the officers and family members made it out of the house unhurt. Soon after police ordered neighbors to leave their homes.

"What I saw was a very professional and conscientious force out here," said Robert Cox.

While most of the evacuations were orderly and safe, Cox's 95-year-old father is bedridden and he couldn't leave the house. Officers did what they could to check on him and comfort him overnight.

"My father, being a stroke victim, he was agitated and antsy," Cox told FOX13 News. "He asked the police officer what's going on, he was very anxious, and the officer had the presence of mind rather than telling him that someone was shooting up the neighborhood, he told my dad everything is fine, we've got everything in hand. You have a neighbor who is having a bad day and we will have a peaceful resolution to this."
The incident ended at around 11:30 a.m.

"I am so happy to see that all this came about with a resolution that meant no loss of life and no serious bodily injury," Cox said.

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