Standoff Ongoing Between Auburn Shooting Suspect and Police at Home in Montgomery
After police officials received tips on a possible Desmonte Leonard sighting, police have surrounded a house in East Montgomery and have asked that the house occupant(s) exit the house. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange told local media that there is movement inside the house and that they have not had communication with the person inside.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Montgomery Police, U.S. Marshals, and the Auburn Police Department are all on scene. Strange said that officials have deployed tear gas into the house. Officials have stated that the process is a very slow one and that they did not want to rush this situation, also mentioning that going in the house after Leonard may be an option.
Leonard is wanted on three charges of capital murder after shooting six people at a party near Auburn University. According to the mayor, he is absolutely confident that someone is up there, but still hasn’t confirmed the identity of that person.
As of now officials are playing the waiting game, waiting for the person inside to come out or to enter the house themselves. Hopefully the person inside the house is in fact Leonard, and surrenders to police soon so that the families of those involved can have some sort of closure. For all the latest information, keep it locked here or visit WSFA 12 News who has been on top of all of the coverage since this story first broke.
Update #1 Tuesday 9:42 a.m. An Associated Press photographer at the scene said around 2:25 a.m. all of the police officials that were on hand at the home left without comment. The reasoning for their departure is not yet known.
Officials said around midnight that after deploying tear gas into the home, the person inside still did not surrender. They believe that could mean the person inside is dead or wearing a gas mask.