Possible hostage situation creates tense hour for Biloxi police, neighbors

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - What started as a domestic dispute call and possible hostage situation in Biloxi ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Biloxi SWAT teams suited up and surrounded a house on Stonebridge Drive, off Popp's Ferry Road.

"We received information earlier today that there was a possible barricaded person here with a hostage," said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.

Chief Miller said the caller, a distant relative, told officers she witnessed a domestic assault between a mother and a son at the home and that the son had allegedly taken his mother hostage.

"Until information tells us differently, we have to take the word of the person telling us that. They were very sincere and I believe they believed it had actually taken place," said Miller.

Distraught friends and nervous neighbors waited nearby for an answer.

"The police came around and I ran down and see a lot of police coming through and I was wondering what was going on," said Allan Henderson, who lives on Bluewood Drive.

About an-hour-and-a-half later, officers used a key to enter the house.

"We located the hostage and it's a good indication they're not barricaded inside because we located them and talked to them. Then we were able to speak with the suspect by phone and we did check the house and he was not there," Miller said.

The chief said domestic dispute charges could be filed in the case, depending on what turns up in the investigation. Meanwhile, relieved officers left the scene and neighbors returned to their homes. School buses also dropped off children a few blocks away from the scene.

"Oh, very relieved. Yeah, we treated it as a good training exercise for us," said Miller.

Chief Miller said his officers were able to respond quickly, because they had just finished their shift at Cruisin' the Coast in downtown Biloxi.

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