U.S. Marshals & Broken Arrow Police End Standoff Peacefully
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow Police said they were in a standoff with an armed and barricaded suspect at a neighborhood near 71st and Garnett the evening of September 10.
U.S. Marshals arrested 44-year-old Rodney Burton after trying to serve him a warrant. He ran into his house and the standoff began, which triggered Broken Arrow Police to send out their special operations team.
"When Marshal's contacted him he became barricaded him and our special operations team responded to assist," said Broken Arrow Police Public Information Officer Chris Walker.
People who live in the area were asked to stay inside, and even the media on scene were pushed back because of the potentially dangerous standoff.
"I came outside and there was about 15 to 20 cop cars, police running around in full armor, and a SWAT truck," said Justin Fiorentine, who lives in the area.
Walker said that the situation could have been extremely dangerous.
"If and when the suspect decides to shoot a gun, you know you could be in the crossfire and it could be a very dangerous situation," Walker said.
Police say at one point negotiator was able to talk with Burton and about three hours later he crawled out to Police who arrested him.
"We want to end things peacefully. We never want to push and develop something that doesn't need to be," Walker said.
Neither Burton or the Marshals were hurt during the standoff.