UPDATE: Suspect from standoff identified; Wilmington Police looking for another man in connection to incident
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four schools in New Hanover County were on lockdown today while Wilmington Police were locked in a standoff nearby.
Police say they served at least one person a warrant this morning off princess place drive. The suspect reportedly shot at police and then ran into the woods.
Wilmington Police are releasing little information about the suspect, but they will say they have at least one person in custody.
After hours of negotiation and extensive measures, including tear gas, police finally arrested one man.
Daryl keith lives across the street from the home where the standoff took place. He saw the suspect wheeled off on a stretcher.
“There’s a lot of national media speculation on how things should and shouldn’t be handled,” Keith said. “One person waving around a gun in a neighborhood that’s full of families and kids, two hours, three hours is a long time to be trying to talk someone down.”
Meanwhile, four schools on Princess Place Drive were locked down to ensure the safety of the students. Parents were concerned but say they are pleased with the way the situation was handled.
“With all the shootings that are going on, parents are sending their kids to school, and they’re getting worried,” Alicia Pringle said. “We don’t want to worry when our kids go to school. We want to know that they’re going to school and they’re in a safe environment and we can go to work or do whatever we need to do without worrying about our kids.”
The sheriff’s office says situations like this are exactly why new precautions were put into place in county schools.
“With everything that’s gone on in the past couple of months that officers have to deal with, teachers and students have to deal with it as well,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said. “That can be difficult and stressful at times, and that is why the sheriff has implemented these additional measures and put deputies in the school to help alleviate some of that stress.”
Wilmington Police say Jermaine Junior Cordova was arrested Tuesday afternoon after the standoff.
In a release, a spokeswoman for the police department says “Wilmington Police Officers encountered Cordova today during a traffic stop on Price’s Lane at about 10:00 a.m. Cordova was driving, and he had a passenger the front seat. Cordova initially was cooperative, but his passenger jumped and ran. Cordova then broke away from the officer who had approached him and ran to the Barclay Hills Drive location.”
Police are still looking for Cordova’s passenger, Christopher Dashawn Williams. Williams is wanted on a warrant for Conspiracy to Commit Murder (two counts) in connection with an incident on Frog Pond Place on January 2, 2013.
Anyone with information on William’s whereabouts is asked to call Wilmington Police.
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