Middlesex standoff resolved peacefully
BY AMELIA HARPER
Sunday, September 22, 2019
MIDDLESEX — More details have emerged about a three-hour standoff at a Middlesex home that was resolved peacefully late Saturday night by Nash County and other local law enforcement authorities.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Team responded just after 9 p.m. to the scene of a report of a disturbance inside a home in the 3700 block of Brantley Road in the Murraytown area near Middlesex.
In an interview near midnight just after the standoff ended, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said there had a been a call earlier in the day related to residence for something that was not an “arrestable offense.”
“There was an upset male there and a disturbance,” Stone said.
Later, another call came in indicating that the same man either wanted to commit suicide or commit suicide-by-cop, Stone said.
As deputies responded, the situation became a standoff. Brantley road near the home was blocked off for hours as law enforcement officers attempted to resolve the situation and emergency vehicles remained on standby at a nearby Express Mart.
During the standoff, law enforcement officers heard shots fired inside the home.
“We knew then that a weapon was in the home and that an unstable male was in the home,” Stone said. “The standoff lasted for roughly three hours. Tear gas was deployed. We went into the home and a peaceful resolution came about.”
The shots apparently were in the bedroom of the home, but no one was injured. The scene would be processed as a crime scene once the tear gas dissipated, Stone said just after the standoff ended.
No one else was present in the home at the time of the incident.
Rogelio Leon Aguilar, 39, was taken into custody without incident. Stone said Aguilar would appear before a magistrate to determine whether charges will be filed or if he would need to be evaluated for mental health issues. The results of that decision were not available by press time.
“I am not sure if this is a mental health issue or a law enforcement issue,” Stone said. “Whatever it is, we need to make sure this individual gets the help that he needs.”
Stone credited the multi-agency response, which included Nash County EMS, Middlesex Police Department, Nashville Police Department, Spring Hope Police Department and the Middlesex Fire Department as well as support from other law enforcement agencies for the peaceful resolution of the situation.
“I was very proud of how the operation was handled,” Stone said. “This is the kind of situation where everything can be fine and then someone’s life can be destroyed, whether it is a law enforcement officer or a member of the public, whether law enforcement has to take someone’s life or an individual takes their own life.”