Armed man arrested after lengthy standoff situation

Armed man arrested after lengthy standoff situation
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 11:56 AM EDT
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UPDATE 9/27/22 @ 4:35 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Dwayne Howard, the armed man barricaded beneath a home in Huntington for more than five hours, was taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon, our crew at the scene reports.

Howard, 49, had been barricaded since just after 11 a.m. after a Cabell County Sheriff’s Office Home Confinement Officer spotted him at a McDonald’s and went after him.

Investigators say Howard had cut off a home confinement bracelet and now faces a felony escape charge, among others.

He was taken away from the scene by cruiser in the area of 2nd Street and 4th Avenue just before 4:30 p.m.

Howard was taken to the Western Regional Jail where he was being held without bond.

Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said Howard faces a lengthy list of charges.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest.

UPDATE 9/27/22 @ 3:50 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - More details have been released about a standoff situation Tuesday in Huntington, including the suspect’s name.

Dwayne Howard was wanted after a Cabell County Sheriff’s Office Home Confinement Officer saw him while going through a McDonald’s drive-thru, Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said. The sheriff said Howard faces a felony escape charge after cutting off an ankle bracelet he was wearing while on home confinement.

Zerkle said a Taser was used on Howard after the home confinement officer went in and engaged him inside the McDonald’s. The sheriff said Howard pulled a gun on the officer and ran away.

The officer followed Howard and cornered him. Howard is up under a porch in the area of 2nd Street and 4th Avenue. Huntington Police Department officers are doing hostage negotiations.

The 911 call came in just after 11 a.m.

Zerkle said Howard was on home confinement from previous charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and burglary.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest on this developing story.

ORIGINAL STORY

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Huntington police officers are negotiating with armed man Tuesday morning following an incident at 2nd Street and 4th Avenue.

The 911 call came in just after 11 a.m.

Someone reported a man with a gun was in the area of 2nd Street and 4th Avenue.

Huntington Police report Tuesday that the man has barricaded himself in the backyard of a home.

First responders on scene have began negotiation efforts.

4th Avenue is closed to traffic at this time.

Officers are asking the public to avoid the area.

WSAZ has a crew at the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information