Standoff stems from domestic violence

Gilbert Earl McLean (Source: Montgomery PD)
Gilbert Earl McLean (Source: Montgomery PD)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A tense standoff between Montgomery police and a man threatening to kill himself, his girlfriend and officers has come to an end.

The situation lasted for four hours at a home on Marlowe Drive Friday. The events leading up to the standoff actually started Thursday evening.

The suspect, identified as Gilbert Earl McLean, apparently threatened violence on his girlfriend and their child. Police say McLean armed himself with a handgun during the dispute.

When he fell asleep around 4am Friday, the woman left the home with the child to file a warrant with police.

Police say they escorted the woman back to the house after the warrant had been filed so she could gather some of her belongings. When they arrived police found the doors barricaded and immediately called for backup.

SWAT, canine units and hostage negotiators arrived on the scene a short time later and attempted to communicate with the man. Units even pushed a cell phone inside the home, but after no response more than 12 cans of tear gas were emptied into the residence. Police saw no movement inside.

SWAT members surrounded the home, a sharpshooter even set up position in a neighbor's carport, and urged nearby residents to stay inside.

After forcing their way into the home SWAT members reported no occupants on the first floor. A detailed search eventually found the man hiding in the lowest level of the attic.

McLean was forcibly removed from the house and taken to the Montgomery Police Department.

He was booked on Domestic Violence Menacing, a misdemeanor, and is being held on $50,000. A hold was placed on that bond, however, as McLean is wanted on a felony warrant out of Florida for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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