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Gulfport Standoff Ends Peacefully

Gulfport police aren't sure why David Snyder locked himself in his mother's home. And they don't know why it took two hours to convince him to come out. What they are pretty sure about is drugs had something to do with the standoff.

While Gulfport police set up phone lines to establish contact with Synder, a witness to the initial altercation explained why he called police. William Rivers felt Snyder "was high on drugs out of his mind, had his mom, hitting on her.  I had to do the right thing, you know what I'm saying."

A dozen Gulfport squad cars rushed to Tandy Drive, because Rivers' 911 call was for a possible hostage situation. Commander Randy Brown headed up the scene.

"Once we got out here, it was determined that it was only a domestic dispute," he said. "The individual who committed the domestic act had locked himself in the house."

A neighbor seemed surprised that the incident had gotten so out of hand.

"He'll come out because he isn't that type of dude," Charles McAfee said.

An hour into the standoff, a Gulfport fire truck was repositioned closer to the Tandy Drive, Liz Circle intersection. Just by chance, Gulfport's negotiation team was in a training class. So, the eight standoff negotiators got dispatched to the Loren D Heights neighborhood.

"At first, he didn't want to talk to us," Commander Brown said.

However, perseverance paid off. Two hours into the standoff, negotiators walked out of their van. A pat on the back from one officer to another was the first sign the ordeal ended peacefully.

"He finally talked to us, and he agreed to come out," Brown said. "It's as simple as that."

An ambulance slowly moved toward the house. Medical teams put Snyder on a stretcher and transported him to the hospital.

"We spoke to him, negotiated him to come out," the commander explained. "He's been placed under arrest for domestic violence."

David Snyder is also accused of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Both crimes are misdemeanors.

By Brad Kessie

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