SWAT training becomes real after receiving domestic assault call
LA VERGNE, Tenn. -
A SWAT team training exercise became a live mission after officials received a call regarding a dangerous domestic assault.
The domestic ordeal began Sunday night around 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Greenfield Drive in La Vergne.
Authorities said that 49-year-old Philip Mankin Jr. his 47-year-old ex-girlfriend against her will for over six hours after assaulting her.
Mankin entered her home shortly before 10 p.m. and refused to leave, pulling out a handgun to threaten her to stay.
After leaving voluntarily early Monday morning, the victim called her family, who then contacted police.
La Vergne Police Department SWAT were already assembled for a planned training exercise along with local police and members of the sheriff's office.
They were deployed to the location of the domestic assault where they arrested Mankin, who was still armed.
Multiple weapons were found inside the home.
"A domestic assault call is one of the most dangerous calls that law enforcement responds to," said Detective Bob Hayes. "The La Vergne Police Department is very serious about all crimes committed in our city, but we are especially vigilant when it comes to domestic assault calls. We encourage all victims of domestic situations to seek police intervention."
The victim sought medical attention after the incident, was treated and released.
Mankin is charged with four felonies, including aggravated domestic assault, aggravated kidnapping, felony vandalism and possession of a weapon in commission of a felony.