Police: Man sparks 6-hour standoff after wielding sword toward Metro officers

Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department
Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A standoff in Donelson ended early Friday morning after a man reportedly threatened Metro police officers with a samurai sword.

The standoff began at a home on Wellington Square around 7 p.m.

A mother called 911 to report her son, John Gentuso, and his girlfriend, Ashley Smalling, were in her home when her son became violent, allegedly assaulting her and vandalizing her car, according to police.

Police responded to the scene and removed the mother from the home, which is when Gentuso allegedly pulled a sword on the officers before barricading himself and his girlfriend inside, leading to a nearly 6-hour standoff.

SWAT officers entered the home around 1 a.m. and deployed tear gas to subdue the man and take him and his girlfriend into custody.

No additional information was immediately released.

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