Barricaded suspect arrested after 6-hour standoff

Barricaded suspect arrested after 6-hour standoff (Image 1)

A man in violation of his probation is in custody following a six-hour standoff in Mt. Juliet Saturday.

Police surrounded a home in the 600 block of Meadowview Drive after officers spotted a wanted man with a warrant for his arrest due to violating the terms of his probation after previous assault charges.

Brian Crafton, 33, barricaded himself inside the home around 4 p.m. Saturday.

The residence belonged to his ex-wife and two children, however, Crafton was reportedly staying there.

Police initially stopped by the home on Friday night after they found him.  Crafton then fled on foot and escaped.

Authorities went back Saturday afternoon spotted him again outside of the home.

Crafton's ex-wife and two children were safely evacuated from after authorities established a perimeter.

Mt. Juliet's SWAT team and Crisis Negotiators attempted to persuade Crafton to surrender peacefully, but he was unresponsive.

The Special Response Team threw gas canisters into the home in an attempt to force him out of the attic where he was hiding.

Crafton then moved from the attic and into the crawlspace through an air duct.

Authorities saw him trying to exit the crawlspace and took him into custody just after 10 p.m.

According to police, Crafton has a dangerous criminal past.  At the time of the standoff, he was on probation for aggravated assault with a weapon.

Crafton was arrested, booked into the Wilson County Jail and charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

He will soon be transferred to Metro police for three felony probation violation charges.

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