A nearly nine-hour standoff at an Arnold-area home ended just before noon today (Sept. 13) when SWAT team members took a 46-year-old Arnold man suspected of shooting a woman into custody, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Grant Bissell said.
Deputies were called at about 3:20 a.m. to a home in the 3000 block of Adayah Lane, off Miller Road just southwest of Arnold, because of a disturbance there. Deputies heard gunfire shortly after arriving outside the home, and Sheriff’s Office and St. Louis County Police SWAT teams backed off because they didn’t know if shots were being fired at police, Bissell said.
Eventually, the man’s location in the home was determined using a robot, and SWAT team members were able to enter the home and arrest the suspected shooter. No one was injured during the arrest, Bissell said.
However, a 41-year-old Arnold woman who lives at the home was shot once in the chest. She was removed from the home by police at about 7:15 a.m. and taken to an area hospital with what is believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, Bissell said.
He said the woman who was shot and the suspected shooter are believed to have been in a prior romantic relationship. He said it is not known what led to the disturbance and shooting.
Bissell said another woman hid in the same room where the suspected shooter was found without the man being aware of her presence throughout the standoff.
After the suspect was arrested, she got out of the home uninjured, Bissell said.
A 79-year-old Arnold woman, who also lives at the home, got out of the house on her own during the standoff. She was not injured either, Bissell said.
He said no law enforcement officials were injured during the incident.
Bissell said the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the shooting.
However, he said the Sheriff’s Office will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“The negotiators were critical in keeping this situation from escalating,” Bissell said. “They spent a lot of time talking with man in the home and keeping things from getting worse. St. Louis County’s tactical team coming down was a huge help as well. I don’t want to minimize the injury suffered by the shooting victim, but this could have ended a whole lot worse.”
Bissell said people in the area had been told to remain in their homes during the standoff but were allowed to leave after the suspected shooter was arrested.