SLIDESHOW: SWAT situation ends peacefully after suspect surrenders
The suspect surrendered peacefully just before 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 23rd 2015, 7:38 AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A SWAT situation at the City View apartments in the 500 block of Quest Drive ended peacefully after the suspect surrendered.
Police had been outside the apartments, off 13th Street just south of Muhammad Ali Blvd. since around 7 a.m. Thursday. The Louisville Bomb Squad and Hostage Negotiating Team were also called to the scene.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the situation started early Thursday with an argument between a man and his ex-girlfriend. Neighbors told police the man left the apartment and returned with a gun. He left the building and was taken into custody just before 9:30 a.m. The woman was not hurt.
"The female appears to be OK," Mitchell said. "The area was secured for about 2-1/2 hours. We did have two schools that were notified -- Central High School and Coleridge Taylor. I would assume now they are on normal operations ... everything is clear at this time."
The suspect, 26-year-old Joshua Johnson, was booked into Metro Corrections around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Mitchell says no gun was found. According to Mitchell, Johnson was arrested on three warrants for possession of marijuana, contempt of court, and flagrant non-support. Mitchell says no additional charges will be filed.
With dozens of uniformed officers surrounding the apartment building, residents and nearby neighbors told WDRB's Kara Kirtley they were upset.
"I'm trying to get my kids to school," said one neighbor on the phone with Kara Kirtley. "Kids shouldn't see this stuff."
Not long after that phone call, a school bus pulled up just outside the crime tape to pick up children for school.
Johnson is due in court on Friday.
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