EDMOND, Okla. - An overnight standoff has landed an Oklahoma high school coach in jail.
“We need the police. My son-in-law’s gone crazy,” said a woman on the 911 call. “Put a knife to his throat. He pushed me down to the floor.”
Police in Edmond responded to the 3200 block of Meriweather around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night after family members called 911.
Investigators say Brian McWatters was armed inside of the home. Police say he is an employee at Edmond Public Schools and the district confirms that he is a coach and teacher at Edmond Santa Fe. His wife is an assistant principal at Cheyenne Middle School.
“There had been some type of altercation,” said Jenny Wagnon, with the Edmond Police Department. “He was pointing the gun at other family members. Had discharged the weapon, not at a person but just into the house and had pointed the gun at himself."
The other family members were able to escape the home but authorities say McWatters locked himself inside the house.
“Our SWAT team set up a perimeter around the house. Our negotiators went to work to make contact with him and get him out,” said Wagnon.
Around 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning, police were able to gain access to the home and took McWatters into custody without incident.
He is being held on multiple charges including using a firearm while committing a felony.
Edmond Public Schools released the following statement regarding the incident:
"Edmond Public Schools is aware of the arrest and pending charges against Mr. Brian McWatters. The district is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this matter. The parties involved in this incident are like family to us and we are committed to provide them the care and support they need at this difficult time. Equally important are the school families of those involved and we will take whatever steps are necessary to safeguard students and staff. Due to the serious nature of the pending charges, Mr. McWatters’ employment is under review."