NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - Several streets were blocked off in New Madrid when police surrounded a home at the corner of Mott and Capitol Streets with guns drawn on Tuesday, June 30.
Police were serving a warrant for a man at around 5 p.m., according to the New Madrid County Sheriff's Office.
New Madrid Police Chief Joey Higgerson said the man had a felony warrant for his arrest with no bond. When officers saw him go into the house, Chief Higgerson said they used a family member at the home to communicate to him.
According to Higgerson, the family member went to a back bedroom of the home and tried to get the man to go peacefully with the officers, but he refused to come out.
When they saw him in the back bedroom, Chief Higgerson said officers moved down the hall to where he was and asked him to come out peacefully. After about 10 minutes of talking to the man using his family member, police say they went to the bedroom and found the man standing next to a bed.
They say he immediately began telling them that they needed to leave and that he would not be taken alive because he could not go back to jail.
Officers say they continued trying to reason with him, but during the conversation he allegedly raised a handgun and pointed it at the officers. They say they did not fire in order to keep his family member from being caught in the crossfire.
Police were able to take cover, go outside of the house and set up a perimeter until backup arrived.
After about 30 minutes, police say the man's family member came out of the house and a negotiator successfully talked to him by phone and a loudspeaker. Shortly after, Chief Higgerson said several officers closest to the home heard what sounded like a muffled gunshot inside.
Over the next few hours, police say negotiators from Sikeston DPS and the Missouri State Highway Patrol tried to talk to the man by opening windows in the front of the house. Higgerson said they also tried to get his attention at the front and back of the house by using "diversionary devices."
Sikeston DPS used a robot to see inside of the house and then a special response team was sent in.
Police Chief Joey Higgerson said the man was found unresponsive from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and the coroner pronounced him dead.
The standoff lasted until 11 p.m.
No officers were hurt.
Multiple agencies from across the area helped with the investigation including: the New Madrid County Sheriff's Office, New Madrid Police Department, Gideon Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Sikeston Department of Safety, Lilbourn Police Department and Howardville Police Department.