A police standoff that included a SWAT team and negotiators and led to the shutdown of a Knoxville thoroughfare ended peacefully late Tuesday night about an hour and a half after it began, Knoxville police said.
Around 10:00 p.m., a woman called 911 from the Big Oak Apartments on Middlebrook Pike near I-640 and said her ex-boyfriend, Christopher Lyons, was outside her apartment.
Investigators said the woman had two small children inside with her, including one fathered by the suspect.
She said Lyons, 21, wanted to get inside, but she had filed an order of protection against him and had the locks changed and doors bolted.
Lyons had a gun with him and a backpack with unknown contents, according to police.
KPD arrived on the scene and made contact with the woman and the suspect. Officers called in a SWAT team and negotiators.
Lyons apparently did not make it into the woman's apartment but was inside the complex.
Around 11:40, the standoff ended when the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
He is charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and violation of an order of protection.
Middlebrook Pike was shutdown between Liberty St. and Lonas Dr. during the standoff but was expected to reopen.
Lyons was questioned and taken to the Knox County Detention Facility.