Memorial Day standoff ends peacefully

By Arielle Clay

ENSLEY, AL (WBRC) - Memorial Day weekend started off with gunfire and a standoff in one Ensley neighborhood. Police spent Saturday morning negotiating with two men who refused to come out of a home there.

"It woke me up at around three this morning and it was like a rapid gunfire," Lee Ross said.

Shots fired at around 4:00 a.m. in Ross's neighborhood kept the neighborhood buzzing throughout the day after police responding to 50th Street West for those shots ended up with another situation on Quincy Court.

"Upon arrival they saw several male subjects sitting on the porch on Quincy court.  The male subjects ran and when they went back into the house they locked the homeowner out," Captain Henry Irby of the Birmingham Police Department said.

They would let him back in and also refused to come out of the home when asked by police.  That decision resulted in the standoff.

"I was trying to talk my brother to come out the house," Adrianne Skinner said.

Skinner is one of the suspect's sisters.  Police used her and other relatives to get the suspects to surrender.

"They spoke to them on the bullhorn and on the cell phones and they did come out," Irby said.
The two men ages 25 and 27 surrendered after seven hours.  It is time that police say was worth taking.

"In this particular case, we didn't know what was in the house what could have happened so it's always best to be safe rather than sorry," Irby said.

For now the two men are charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.  Both those charges are misdemeanors.  The police are searching the house and area for any weapons that may be involved in this case.

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