11:48 UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS: Law Enforcement Officer, Helicopter, K-9 Units Converge on a House in MontgomerySandra Stokes Walden
Posted by: Sandra Walden
Date: Jun 11 2012 7:08 PM
WSFA News is reporting that law enforcement officers are convergin on a house in the Young Meadows area in Montgomery. A Auburn Police Department vehicle was among those posted.
More details as they become available.
For WSFA article click here.
WSFA is reporting on Twitter that the Auburn shooting suspect is believed to be in the Montgomery house.
UPDATE 7:15: WSFA just reported on Twitter that the U.S. Marshals and the Montgomery Co. Sheriff believe the Auburn shooter is in the attic of E. Montgomery house.
WSFA.com live feed has excellant live coverage of the situation in Montgomery.
7:34 UPDATE Max Reiss of WSFA is reporting on twitter there is smoke coming out of a house near the location where police have converged , also WSFA News is reporting that is is possible teargas and the suspect possibly being smoked out of home.
8:40 UPDATE: Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange talked with the media a few minutes ago. He said that they responded to a 911 call that a person who looked like the suspect might be in the house. Mayor Strange also stated that the call was from the owner of the home. They have heard movement in the attic and coughing. They have not made contact with the suspect. MPD Sgt. Regina Duckett said that they want to bring him out as safely as possible...they are surprised that he is still in there after the sustained tear gas deployment... Mayor Strange said they are erring on the side of caution when asked if the suspect inside the house is armed and dangerous. Mayor Strange said that they will provide updates every 30-45 minutes. This update was compiled from tweets by WSFA 12 News and the MGMAdvertiser as well as the live feed on WSFA.com Excellant coverage has been provided by both.
9:14 UPDATE: WSFA NEWS: Montgomery Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy is now reporting that the tactical team is about to go into the attic. Murphy says that the tactical team is "up there", highly armed and protected. Live coverage is continuing on WSFA.com
10:15 UPDATe: WSFA News: Montgomery Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy just reported that the MPD tactical team has been replaced by the Federal Marshals tactical team. They are in the attic with gas masks. Murphy says that all of the different agencies involved are cooperating with each other. The Mayor of Auburn is now on the scene. They are using technology available from the agencies to narrow the location of the person in the attic. One piece of technology has enabled them to hear the person breathing. They believe he is in a area the size of a bedroom.
There is a line of storms that has reached the area of the stand-off. The media is having to lower their equipment due to lightening. WSFA is in contact with their reporter by telephone at this time. The next update by the Mayor and Public Safety Director will be at 10:45. Once the person is in custody and the identity is know, if it is the Auburn gunman he will be taken in custody by the Auburn Police Department and returned to Auburn.
Again, our coverage is through Twitter and WSFA.com. Thank you to Jennifer for a excellant job with her on the scene coverage and to all of the WSFA news team and Tweets from the Montgomery Advertiser. I got to know a several members of the news teams while covering the "Bingo Trials" in Montgomery last summer and in February. All of the news teams worked together to provide up to the minute coverage. Jennifer has stated that news teams are coverging on the site from all over the state. Thank you from RSN to those that are on site and providing the coverage.
Jennifer with WSFA will continue to provide updates on Facebook and Twitter until the storm passes.
11:28 UPDATE: The media in Montgomery is still waiting for a briefing by the MPD and the Mayor of Montgomery. I will update as more information is available.
11:48 UPDATE: WSFA News: Mayor Strange and MPD Public Safety Director Chris Murphy just briefed Jennifer with WSFA. They have not located the suspect at this time. Mayor Strange says there is another "toe-by-toe search" coming. He also said that they are "absolutely confident someone is up there". At this time officrs are interrogating the person who called origianlly. They state again that they have not seen the suspect nor have they talked to him. Mayor Strange again waarns that anyone sending them on a "wild goose chase" will be taken care of to the full extent of the law.
Auburn Police Department will release a statement around 8 AM tomorrow morning.
The Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force is also on the scene. Jennifer just said that the suspect is 5'4" and weighs less than a hundred pounds. The task force has stated that from experience there are a lot of places that he could be hiding in the attic. Murphy and Strange stated that they are going to step away so a political decision will not be made. The three tactical task forces that are on the scene are making decisions as to how to proceed tonight.
This will be my last update for tonight. Our prayers are with all involved in the search for the Auburn gunman and the families of all the victims.