Auburn authorities have released the name of the suspect who held up officers in a 10-hour standoff.
Investigators say Ahmed Sherif Elbagdadi, 24, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm within city limits and making terroristic threats.
The standoff began after Auburn police received a call for shots fired just before 7 p.m. Monday evening. A passing motorist reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a man pointing a gun toward the street near the area of East University Drive and East Glenn Avenue.
When officers arrived on the scene, they heard a gunshot from a home in the 1400 block of East University Drive. As officers approached the home, a shot was fired.
"The officers did believe they were being fired upon. They retreated and set up a perimeter around the residence and called for assistance," explained Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson.
Officers tell News Leader 9 they surrounded the home as several streets were blocked off and nearby residents were asked to stay inside with their doors locked. Some families who lived closer to the house were told to evacuate their homes.
Numerous attempts were made by the police department to contact Elbagdadi by phone, in hopes of convincing him to surrender.
Officials tell News Leader 9 each time Elbagdadi responded, "with threats and irrational comments. We could not get a dialogue going with this subject because of his irrational comments, very irrational. Each time we tried to talk to him, he may speak a few words and then begin to be completely irrational," said Dawson.
Officials resorted to tear gas, but say Elbagdadi was hiding in an interior bathroom to escape the gas.
The County-wide Tactical Team went in to the home a little before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning and took the suspect in to custody. No injuries were reported.
Elbagdadi was transported to the Lee County Detention Center where he is currently being held. Investigators say additional charges may be pending. He will go through a mental evaluation, which is standard procedure for placement in the jail.
The Auburn Police Division was assisted by the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Opelika Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service.
News Leader 9 will continue to follow this story and its developments.
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