Allison Brooke Hawatt -- RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT

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Police Rescue Small Child After 2 Hour Standoff

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- Dyersburg police responded to a barricade situation that involved a woman and her small child on Sunday night.

Officers were called to 600 Wendell Avenue in reference to a welfare check on a female and her 2-year-old son. Officers were informed by family members that Allison Brook Hawatt, 28, was inside her residence with her child, and were concerned that she was going to harm herself.

Officers attempted to speak with Hawatt, who refused to open the door and barricaded herself inside the home.

Officers observed Hawatt to be armed with a butcher knife and observed her small child inside the residence.

The department’s Special Response Team and negotiators were called to the scene, where negotiators immediately began negotiations.

SRT members made entry into the home after Hawatt refused further negotiations and removed the child from the home. Hawatt had locked herself in the bathroom still armed with a knife, and was taken into custody after officers utilized a less lethal impact round.

Hawatt was transported to Dyersburg Regional Hospital by police where she was evaluated. Hawatt was discharged from the hospital this morning and was transported to the Dyer County Law Enforcement Complex and is charged with felony reckless endangerment.

“First responding officers did a great job with the initial response, and the special response team and hostage negotiators are to be commended for their handling of this situation," Steve Isbell Assistant Chief of Police said. "This incident evolved quickly from a barricaded person, to a hostage rescue and we are very pleased no one was injured.”
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