Police: Man barricaded inside Murfreesboro business had right to be there

(Photo: WKRN)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Murfreesboro police say a man who they initially believed had barricaded himself inside a Murfreesboro business Wednesday had every legal right to be there.

Police received a call from a franchisee owner/operator who claimed an individual had barricaded himself inside H30 Aquatics located on Robert Rose Drive at around 7 a.m.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Authorities were initially told that threats had been made to publicly harm anyone who tried to enter the business, or that the business may be burned.

Murfreesboro police told News 2 that information was found to be inaccurate.

A franchise owner is in a legal dispute with the franchisee and that dispute is currently being litigated in civil court, according to authorities.

Police have spoken with land owner of the property and they confirmed there is a civil dispute among the franchise owner and franchisee, but also there is also a dispute between the landowner and tenants as well.

Murfreesboro police discovered a clause in the franchise-landowner agreement that gives permission to the franchise owner to come back and take possession of the business if there are financial problems associated with the business.

They have identified this as a civil matter between three people.

“The individual inside the business has every legal right to be there” said Murfreesboro Public Information Officer Kyle Evans. “There is no legal recourse to evict that person from the business.”

He said officers had to take the information provided to them seriously.

Authorities were able to question the man inside through negotiators and they were able to confirm that he went into the business Wednesday to take procession of the business and has every legal right to do so.

As to the alleged threats, it was stated that if the door to the business was opened, electrical cords used to secure the doors of the business might pull out of the wall and start a fire.

Police told News 2 the threats were not specific in nature, or stating that he would burn down the business or cause anyone injury.

Authorities said at the end of the investigation, they are left with a civil dispute. The franchisee has left and is on his way back to the scene in order to speak with authorities.

On Thursday the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office served a restraining order at H30 Aquatics.

The man inside said he’s not leaving.

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