Murfreesboro man taken into custody after standoff at Franklin hotel

(Courtesy: iReport2)
(Courtesy: iReport2)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A standoff at a Franklin hotel has come to an end after police negotiated with a man for hours.

The situation began at 5 a.m. when 26-year-old Paul Briggs, of Murfreesboro, reportedly called police from his Embassy Suites Hotel room saying he had a sniper rifle and explosives that he intended to use.

“The statements he made were very strong and they were very alarming and obviously we have a huge responsibility to make sure that those threats are not acted out,” Lieutenant Charles Warner with the Franklin Police Department explained.

When officers arrived to the scene, Briggs barricaded himself in his room.

Paul Briggs (Courtesy: Franklin Police Department)
Paul Briggs (Courtesy: Franklin Police Department)

Authorities then evacuated the guests, directing them to their cars and away from the property.

Dedric Wilson and his 10-year-old son were staying two rooms down from the suspect.

“We wake up at 5:30 and my son opens the shade, and there are two SWAT officers with their assault rifles there. Being two rooms away from it is just scary because a shootout could have broken out,” Wilson told News 2.

Guests had to stay clear of the property for about eight hours during the investigation.

The standoff ended around 1:30 p.m. when the Franklin police SWAT team took Briggs into custody.

Authorities say Briggs, who has been arrested several times in the past, has been charged with filing a false report and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was also wanted out of Rutherford County for unrelated charges.

Briggs is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $102,500 bond.

Officials searched his room after his arrest, but no explosives or guns were found.