COLUMBUS (WCMH) –Some tense moments on the city’s east side after a man held police officers at bay for nearly 6 hours.
Columbus Police SWAT members say they were executing a search warrant near the 1100 block of Walters Street. The suspect refused to cooperate and said he had a gun.
Police say that suspect, 27-year-old Brandon Ogden, was wanted in Muskingum and Mahoning counties for allegedly stealing about $120,000.
Officers say Ogden’s relatives backed up his claim, saying he had access to multiple weapons inside his home.
Police say the 27-year-old hid in his attic.
Neighbors and residents watched and listened as SWAT officers tore down the fence, tossed in multiple cans of gas, and ordered Ogden to come out of the house.
Family members told NBC4 he came out earlier but ran back inside when he saw SWAT members with their guns drawn.
Carrie Smith, one of Ogden’s neighbors, says she accidentally stumbled on the scene while walking home after running an errand.
“They were busting in the back of the house with the swat car and they shot the windows with tear gas,” Smith said.
Ogden finally relented and came out of his home around 3:45 p.m. but was tased by police.
His relatives erupted with cries of anguish and angry shouts of outrage when they saw him drop to the ground.
Tears streamed down several faces until they confirmed that he was going to be okay.
According to SWAT officers, they tased Ogden after he refused to follow instructions so officers could peacefully handcuff him.
Ogden is now being questioned by detectives before they take him to the Franklin County Jail.
He now faces an extra felony charge for obstructing official business.