UPDATE: Man threatens to burn down home, dog charges at police in Mountain Brook standoff


MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (WIAT) — A domestic violence situation involving the threat of arson led to a lengthy standoff Saturday. 

According to Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook, officers received a 911 call around 4:01 p.m. from a home in the 3600 block of Dunbarton Drive regarding a verbal altercation that had occurred. 

A press release details what happened next: “Officers responded and found that a white male subject had poured gasoline inside an occupied dwelling. Subject was holding a box of matches and threatening to set the dwelling on fire. The other occupants that were inside when this occurred were able to exit safely.”

When officers arrived at the home, they said the man barricaded himself inside the basement and continued threatening to set the home on fire. Crisis negotiators attempted to resolve the issue for several hours. 

Around 10:24 p.m., the man voluntarily surrendered and was taken into custody. Nobody was injured and the man was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. 

According to the press release, “during the event, the subject released his dog (Doberman Pincher) and it charged at police personnel in an aggressive manner. An officer discharged their duty weapon firing at the dog. The dog was not hit and did not sustain any injuries.”

Police have not yet publicly identified the man involved and continue their criminal investigation. Stay with CBS 42 for updates.

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After an hours-long standoff at a Mountain Brook home Saturday, authorities were seen putting a man into an ambulance. 

CBS 42 received a tip about several officers surrounding a home in the 3600 block of Dunbarton Drive. Reporter Jessalyn Adams confirmed the presence of SWAT officers on the scene and spoke with neighbors who witnessed the apparent standoff. 

This story will be updated once additional details have been confirmed.

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