Littleville police officer arrested after 9 hour standoff

By Trang Do - Bio | Email

LITTLEVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A standoff in Colbert County ended with a Littleville police officer in custody.

Officers arrested David Saccoccio, Jr. at his Littleville apartment around 10 a.m. Saturday.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the Summerfield Apartments at 100 Madeline Drive around 1 a.m. Saturday after police received a call from one of their fellow officers.

Littleville Police Chief Chris Joly said the officer received a distraught phone call from Saccoccio, and feared he would hurt himself or possibly others.

Chief Joly said people living in the apartment complex were evacuated during the standoff.

Neighbor Barry Cummings was one of the evacuees. He said Saccoccio seemed like a "really nice guy." But Cummings had heard rumors of his neighbor's marital problems.

"I know it is a lot of stress when you go through a divorce and have children involved and everything, people make irrational decisions at the spur of the moment decisions that affects a lot of people and everything. I just really pray that everything turns out okay," Cummings said.

Muscle Shoals hostage negotiators communicated with the officer over his cell phone.

The nearly nine-hour standoff ended when tear gas was deployed.

Chief Joly said Saccoccio was removed from the apartment without injury and taken to an undisclosed hospital.

The Florence Police SWAT team, Muscle Shoals SWAT team, the Colbert County Sheriff's Department, and Russellville Police assisted the Littleville Police Department.

Saccoccio is charged with making a terrorist threat.

He's being held at the Colbert County jail.

©2010 WAFF. All rights reserved.