Man barricades himself inside N. Tulsa home


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Contributor: Janai Norman
Updated: 6/07/2013 10:09 am Published: 6/06/2013 10:08 pm


A standoff in north Tulsa ended ends peacefully five hours after it started.

Tulsa police tried to pull over 24-year-old Jeremiah Seals around 5:45 on Thursday evening, but they said he led them on a chase that ended near Yale and Pine.

Police said Seals ditched the car and went into a relative's home. When Seals refused to come out the Special Operations Team was called in to assist.

Police told FOX23 they believed Seals was inside the home alone and that he either had a gun or had access to one. Supervisors attempted to make verbal announcements to get Seals to give himself up.

They said they even released about 8 pepper balls, but neither of those worked. After five hours, the special ops team found a way to get Seals to give up peacefully.

Seals was arrested on three complaints for child endangerment, eluding police, driving with no license and resisting arrest.

Neighbors who live in the area said they were unsure of what was happening, but their evening was disrupted by the standoff.

Ray Stephens tells FOX23 News, “they had the road blocked off there wasn't no body going nowhere (sic.)”

Stephens lives around the corner from where the standoff happened and says he saw police driving up and down his street, and blocking off others.

“They had it blocked off, wouldn't let no body come in, wouldn't let no body leave,” he said. “They were stopping all kinds of people.”

Tulsa Police, who called in the Special Operations Team, say it was for residents' safety during the five hour standoff.
    
Some were asked to leave their homes, while many others were told just to stay inside.

“What if we need to go to the grocery store because we forgot something?”

Taylor Callstrom says neighbors on her street sat inside wondering what was going on, and how long it would be before the neighborhood was all clear.

The only way you could get into the neighborhood was if the cops let you in, and you couldn't leave,” Callstrom said. “They were just like stay in your house, don't come out.”

Stephens said, “Unless you're up there where it was going on, you wasn't going nowhere (sic.)”


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