Man Speaks out after Swat Standoff

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – On Tuesday, a swat standoff between the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and a resident that shut down East Brainerd for almost seven hours came to a peaceful end when the sheriffs office made the decision not to arrest the man.

Today, Phillip Lunsford spoke out to share his side of the story.

One family member did caution us that Lunsford is ill and requested that we do not air this interview, but we have decided to air the interview for a story you will only see on 12.

“He was not arrested. It was found that even though he did have a weapon, it was not used in a threatening manner and that it was his right to have that weapon.”

That was the statement from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department after the swat situation came to a conclusion yesterday.

News 12 spoke with the man at the center of the situation, Phillip Lunsford.

“Swat team doesn’t just pack up and leave without somebody in cuffs or somebody in a body bag.”

Well, that is exactly what happened yesterday after a standoff that lasted most of the afternoon ended with the officers packing up and leaving.

According to the sheriff’s office, when deputies showed up to serve Lunsford an order of protection, he came out holding a firearm. Something that Lunsford says never happened, because he was asleep when they arrived and never opened the door.

Lunsford said, “I never opened the door up, but they said they were cops or whatever, and I told them they needed to go the on and that’s all I did, and I went and got back in bed.”

Lunsford says that he never barricaded himself inside the home and was simply sitting down watching tv but made it clear to officers that he was not going to come out to be taken into custody.

“I said it is your decision y’all can sit out here all night and wait until I get in touch with a lawyer.”

Fortunately, the situation never escalated and became violent and the sheriff’s department deemed that no laws had been broken, confirming what Lunsford believed during the entire situation.

“I know what’s right, and I know what’s wrong, and I know I was in the right. I know I did nothing wrong, nothing illegal,” said Lunsford.

Lunsford says he would like to get answers from the sheriff’s department and maintains that he never broke any laws.

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