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SWAT team called after man barricades himself inside West Charlotte apartment

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

A man barricaded himself inside a west Charlotte apartment Wednesday afternoon before ultimately surrendering to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s SWAT team.

Officers stopped short of calling the incident a hostage situation, although the suspect released a woman and a small child who were in the apartment with him.

Police officers were called to the Little Rock Apartments around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a woman called police, saying her sister and the sister’s boyfriend were involved in a domestic disturbance at the apartment on Nobles Drive.

Police knocked on the door, but no one answered, according to CMPD Lt. Alexander Watson.

But officers checked the criminal records of the man reportedly involved in the domestic disturbance, Jartavous Gaither, 28. The search revealed that Gaither had outstanding warrants for assault and burglary.

Police say Gaither sent the woman and small child out, but remained barricaded inside the second-story apartment.

That’s when officers called in the SWAT team as a precautionary measure, Watson said. The apartment building Gaither was in was also evacuated. But dozens of residents stood outside, watching the police activity.

Gaither surrendered to officers around 1 p.m. and was arrested for the outstanding warrants.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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