Man Surrenders After Four-Hour Home Barricade

A man surrendered after being barricaded inside a home for nearly four hours.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – (May 20, 2024) A tense situation involving a man barricaded inside a home for nearly four hours ended peacefully when the Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) Special Operations Unit (SOU) deployed tear gas. Domonique Merriweather, 38, exited the home with his hands in the air shortly before 8 p.m. Merriweather is facing multiple charges including felony reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, coercion of a witness, prohibited weapons (explosive device), and two counts of assault.

The incident began on Evanback Court around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Merriweather is accused of tossing a Molotov cocktail at a neighbor’s home and then assaulting two other neighbors before barricading himself inside the home. Responding officers found a package on the front porch wrapped in duct tape. As a precaution, officers backed away.

MPD SOU, MPD Unmanned Aircraft Systems Team, Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Bomb Squad, THP Robot Team, ATF, and MFRD were called to the scene to assist. Merriweather was arrested and is being held in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

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Teen Charged with Assault and Child Endangerment

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with multiple offenses, including aggravated assault and child endangerment, following a confrontation with first responders after allegedly attempting to kidnap her 2-month-old baby. Officers encountered her driving on Linbar Drive, where she refused to comply and led them on a pursuit that ended in Rutherford County. She was eventually taken into custody, and the baby is now with family members.