Witness: Police got it wrong during five-hour standoff
OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City family is furious after they say police ransacked their home at the end of a standoff.
Bob Moore Chopper 4 was flying overhead as the SWAT team surrounded a home near N.W. 122nd St. and Santa Fe. on Wednesday afternoon.
Inside was 31-year-old James Jones, who held police at bay for nearly five hours.
Jones was wanted on a total of seven warrants.
While he’s in custody, those who live in the home where the standoff took place are not happy with police or the media.
Brandi, a woman at the home where the standoff took place, said, “There ain’t nothing to talk about. Everything that was said on the news is a lie.”
Brandi was at the house when our crew stopped by Thursday.
She said, “They came and they terrorized the house and they going to have to pay for it.”
Brandi said she was at the home during the standoff.
She was waiting outside with police for it to all come to an end.
Officers were called to the home by a group of bounty hunters who were trying to serve those warrants.
During the 911 call, the bounty hunters say the suspect was looking out of the window but would not come out of the house.
Initially, police said the suspect had come out of the home with a gun before locking himself inside with an elderly woman.
MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “This was a situation where they felt it was becoming dangerous. They believed somebody had a firearm and there were innocent people in the house.”
However, Brandi says that was not the truth.
She said, “He never came outside and went back inside because the boy can’t walk. He’s on crutches. He got a hole in one of his legs.”
Police have confirmed Jones had an issue with his left leg but didn’t give specifics.
As for the gun, Brandi said, “There was no gun in the house. There was never a gun in the house, so you can report that.”
Because it is an active investigation, police cannot say whether a gun was found.
The standoff went on for hours, leading some to wonder why police work for so long rather than just rushing in to the house.
Knight said, “We can just bust in the door and go in there but often that ends up in an undesirable result. We want to do things right.”
As far as the reports of a hostage inside, it’s not clear whether the elderly woman was held against her will or was just unable to leave on her own.
We do know she was not injured.
While police will not say if a gun was found, they say they did find marijuana and some drug paraphernalia in the house.