Waveland Man Threatens To Shoot Police - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

08/31/03

Waveland Man Threatens To Shoot Police

Waveland officers got a reminder of just how dangerous police work can be when they had to run for cover as a gunman threatened their lives. The standoff started on Hillcrest Street in the wee hours of Sunday morning. A man carrying two weapons, one of which was a high powered rifle with a scope, warned he'd shoot police and others.

When the standoff was over, 34-year-old Eric Johnson was under arrest. Johnson is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and disturbing the peace. His bond is $100,500.

It came in 3:30 a.m. as a loud music complaint, but minutes later Waveland police discovered there was much more going on Hillcrest Street.

Chief James Varnell said, "The man met them out in the yard in with a shotgun. Officers took cover. The guy, the suspect, he was threatening to shoot people, threatening to shoot the police officers and acting real crazy."

Police stood outside as the suspect Eric Johnson went back into his house. They got a hold of Johnson's cell phone number, but he wasn't in the mood for conversation.

"He said he didn't want to talk about it anymore tonight that he was going to sleep and that he'd talk to us in the morning," said Varnell.

In the coming hours Chief Varnell says his thoughts took him back to May of 1998 and the similarities between this standoff and the domestic disturbance call Long Beach police officers James Northcutt and Steve Morgan responded to five years ago.

Varnell said, "The Long Beach incident where two Long Beach detectives where killed due to a subject at a house with a high powered rifle. It's just a terrible feeling to know the possibilities that could happen."

Seven hours after it started, officers decided to make a move. Inside the house, they found Johnson passed out. As he was arrested, police say he offered an explanation for his behavior.

"He said evidently, he must have been drunk and was acting crazy," said Varnell.

Police say no one was injured during the standoff and no shots were fired.

by Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Tropical Storm Watch cancelled for South Mississippi

    Tropical Storm Watch cancelled for South Mississippi

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:41 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:41:22 GMT
    10 AM NHC Alberto Forecast Track10 AM NHC Alberto Forecast Track

    The Tropical Storm Watch for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties has been cancelled.

    More >>

    The Tropical Storm Watch for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties has been cancelled.

    More >>
  • Moss Point Police searching for 'armed & dangerous' man

    Moss Point Police searching for 'armed & dangerous' man

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:53:04 GMT
    Moss Point Police are warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. (Photo source: WLOX)Moss Point Police are warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A man police believe was involved in a multi-state crime spree that started with an auto theft and ended with capital murder is still on the run. And they're warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    More >>

    A man police believe was involved in a multi-state crime spree that started with an auto theft and ended with capital murder is still on the run. And they're warning Devarian Raheem Edwards should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

    More >>
  • Prep or play? Boaters have to choose as Alberto moves closer

    Prep or play? Boaters have to choose as Alberto moves closer

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:45:48 GMT
    Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way. (Photo source: WLOX)Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way.Some boats have left the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, others are preparing to ride out the storm if if comes this way.

    Alberto is on its way. But the calm before the storm has given boat owners and people time to both prepare and enjoy some recreational time before the Memorial Day weekend gets cut short.

    More >>

    Alberto is on its way. But the calm before the storm has given boat owners and people time to both prepare and enjoy some recreational time before the Memorial Day weekend gets cut short.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly