Winchester City’s Crisis Negotiation Team Diffuses Potentially Dangerous Situation
27 April 2017 News
On April 26, 2017 at approximately 5:52 am, Winchester Police Department attempted to serve a warrant for a probation violation at a residence in the 900 block of Franklin Street. Shortly after entering the residence, officers discovered that the suspect had barricaded himself in a bedroom. Because he was believed to be armed and was threatening to harm himself and others, they quickly evacuated the home which included two other adults and one child. For safety precautions, a perimeter was set up which closed National Avenue from Molden to Elm and Pine from Harris Alley to Woodstock, and three adjacent homes were evacuated. The Winchester Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and SWAT Team were also called for assistance.
“Today, the SWAT Team was called as a precaution,” explained Winchester Police Captain and SWAT Team member, Doug Watson. “Because the suspect was believed to be armed, putting our officers and the community in danger, the SWAT Team was on scene to help prevent violence from occurring if the incident were to escalate.”
At 7:33 am, the CNT made contact with the suspect via phone and continued discussions for approximately one hour. At 8:45 am, Andrew Phillips, 27, surrendered without incident. There were no injuries reported.
“Our Crisis Negotiation Team did a great job in defusing a potentially dangerous situation,” stated Acting Police Chief Kelly Rice. “They are a highly-trained group of officers and they made a serious impact today. I’m very proud of them and all personnel who were on the scene for their professionalism in handling this incident.”
Winchester Fire and Rescue and the Winchester Sheriff’s Office assisted during the incident. Thanks to a planned two-hour delay for Winchester Public Schools, the road closures had minimal effect on the bus routes in the area.