Nebraska Fugitive Sparks Police Standoff At Tulsa Motel
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Police have taken a suspect into custody, ending a standoff that began last night.
Police say Rush Lincoln Hembree had barricaded himself in a Tulsa motel room.
Hembree has a felony warrant out of Nebraska for making fully automatic weapons.
The Special Operations Team has been at an Armed and Barricaded scene for several hours now. The suspect has a felony warrant for his arrest. There is another person in the room that he is not allowing to leave...Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/f3K32pN7Ln— Tulsa Police (@TulsaPolice) March 21, 2018
Officers said they spotted Hembree's truck in the Rest Inn Suites parking lot Tuesday night.
Police said Hembree went out to see what they were doing and once he realized they were at the motel for him, he ran inside and locked the door.
They said Hembree told them repeatedly over the phone that he has a pistol and a shotgun and doesn’t want to go back to jail.
Officers said a pregnant woman was being held hostage inside the room. They said she is in a relationship with him.
Police said she was safely released around 2:00 p.m.
It's been a physically and mentally challenging 13 hours for the officers who are grateful for support from the Red Cross.
"This is the most rewarding feeling a person can get. The firefighters and police officers come and say thanks for being here. No, we are here to support you, so thank you for what you're doing," said Susie Simpson with the Red Cross.
The standoff is impacting businesses and traffic in the area. Officers have Admiral from East 73rd to East 78th blocked off.