LATEST: Columbia police identify suspect in standoff, release details
COLUMBIA - A man involved in a seven-hour standoff with Columbia Police officers and SWAT, was escorted out of a south Columbia home around 6:45 Monday evening. Just a short while earlier, police deployed gas into the home to force him out.
Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old Kevin Dean Snyder.
The standoff started after a trespassing call came into police at 10:58 a.m. Officers went to the house in the 1900 block of Greenleaves Court.
"It was discovered that the individual inside the home, Snyder, had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, including being a parole absconder, and was possibly in possession of a firearm," a press release from the Columbia Police Department said.
The statement said officers got no response when they tried to initiate contact, so SWAT and the crisis negotiation team were brought in. They spent hours urging Snyder to come out with his hands raised.
The police statement said, "A search warrant was obtained and gas was disbursed inside the residence. SWAT officers entered the home and Snyder surrendered without further issues. He was evaluated and cleared by medical personnel on scene."
The immediate neighbors were evacuated.
"Safety is our number one priority, first of the public at large, then our officers, then the suspect," Lt. Lance Bolinger said. "In this instance, our officers did everything they were supposed to in arresting the subject without any injuries or threat to the public."
A neighbor watching the standoff unfold said, "This has never happened over here before."
Other neighbors told KOMU 8 News Snyder seemed like a normal guy who was never really up to much.
Police said charges against Synder were pending.