Morristown Police end standoff peacefully

Morristown Police Department officers bring Jason Starritt into custody following a morning standoff Saturday.

A Morristown man is facing multiple charges after an hours-long standoff ended peacefully early Saturday morning.

Officers were called to The Maples on West Economy Road at approximately 12:30 a.m. to respond to a domestic disturbance. A female victim went to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

Officers returned at approximately 2:30 a.m. at which time the suspect, Jason Starritt, barricaded himself in the apartment and made threats towards officers.

MPD Tactical Response Units were deployed to the scene. After approximately four hours of negotiations and tactical efforts, Starritt was taken into custody without injury. A loaded Taurus 38 9mm was found in the rear bedroom of the apartment with two loaded magazines.

Starritt is charged with domestic assault, aggravated criminal trespassing, resisting arrest, and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

He is being held in the Hamblen County Jail.

“I am glad our department has the trained personnel and equipment needed to effectively respond to these types of high-risk incidences,” MPD Chief Roger Overholt said “The MPD, along with the Morristown Fire Department and Hamblen County EMS worked well together as a team to see that this incident was resolved peacefully.

“I would also like to thank the Greeneville Police Department for providing assistance to our EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Unit.”