A Red Bank man was finally taken into custody early Sunday morning after an hours-long standoff when it was reported that he had explosive devices inside his apartment. Neighbors were evacuated during the ordeal.
Police did find two explosive devices inside the apartment on Tacoma Avenue and disabled them.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, officers went to 4223 Tacoma, Apt. 1, to investigate a report that the occupant was in possession of a bomb. When officers attempted to interview the suspect, Chandler Mauldin, he refused to open the door and stated to the officers that he had a bomb and several weapons, and demanded they leave.
Several families immediately surrounding 4223 Tacoma Ave. were evacuated and other neighbors were asked to stay in their homes during this incident for their safety. Some of the evacuated people were provided shelter at a local church.
Members of the Red Bank Police Department SWAT and Negotiation Teams responded to the scene along with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Negotiation Teams, The Chattanooga Police Department Bomb Squad, Red Bank Fire Department, Hamilton County EMS, and Rescue Squad also responded to assist in this incident.
After several hours of attempts to negotiate, Mauldin was taken into custody at approximately 4 a.m. without further incident. Members of the Chattanooga Police Department Bomb Squad located and successfully disabled the two devices found inside the residence that had earlier been described in the original complaint as an explosive device.
Mauldin, 24, was charged with two counts of assault and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon and is being held on $140,000 bond at the Hamilton County Jail.