MOUNT VERNON — An eight-hour standoff ended peacefully at a Follin Avenue residence Thursday.
Vernon Kanode Jr., 22, was taken into custody after law enforcement made entry into a two-story apartment at Vernon Ridge where Kanode had barricaded himself inside.
Mount Vernon Police Capt. Scott McKnight said police were seeking Kanode Thursday in connection with a burglary in Morrow County. Police received a tip that Kanode was at the residence at approximately 1:03 p.m. Officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office also responded.
Officers determined that Kanode was inside alone and was believed to have at least one firearm. A perimeter was set up around the residence, and at least 10 neighbors were evacuated out of neighboring apartments, McKnight said.
Law enforcement was able to make contact briefly with Kanode via cellphone, McKnight said. That contact lasted about a half hour, McKnight said, and Kanode continued talking with police through a window for about an hour.
What appeared to be a shot fired was heard while officers were attempting contact. McKnight said it is not known where the sound originated, or whether it may have been a shot fired by Kanode or police.
After communication broke off completely, entry was attempted in stages, McKnight said, before officers finally went inside and located Kanode in a closet on the second floor.
Kanode was taken from the scene via squad to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation. Kanode appeared to have some scratches, McKnight said, and there may have been a brief struggle between Kanode and the officers.
MVPD detectives are processing the residence, McKnight said at the scene after the situation ended. If a firearm was present, it was unaccounted for at the time of Kanode’s arrest, he said.
A female subject connected to the incident who was initially cooperative was later taken into custody, McKnight said.