Armed man, girlfriend in custody after Smyrna standoff - WKRN News 2

Armed man, girlfriend in custody after Smyrna standoff

Posted: Updated: Aug 6, 2013 07:53 PM
SMYRNA, Tenn. -

Police and SWAT team officers arrested a man and his girlfriend following a two-hour standoff in Smyrna Tuesday afternoon.

The standoff began around Noon at a duplex located at 507 Carter Lane off Almaville Road and Old Nashville Highway.

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold told Nashville's News 2 there were several warrants out for the man's arrest and he was armed.

The standoff began following an argument between the man's girlfriend, Ashley Joyce, and her brother.

According to the chief, the siblings got into a dispute in a car outside the duplex during which the boyfriend, 27-year-old Jonathan Ashley, exited the home with a gun.

Ashley is said to have threatened Joyce's brother and the brother left the scene and called police.

Joyce, 23, then went into the home with Ashley and they locked themselves inside.

SWAT officers initially gathered at LifePoint Church located on nearby Legacy Drive, but quickly surrounded the home and began negotiations with the couple.

They broke a window and threw a phone into the residence in hopes of sparking communication.

After about two hours, after the couple had not responded, tear gas was released into the home.

One of the tear gas canisters caused the home to catch on fire, forcing the couple out of the house. Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the flames.

Both Ashley and Joyce were taken into custody without incident.

Ashley is charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He also faces charges for violating his probation.

Joyce is charged with one count of domestic violence and one count of simple assault.

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