Buckeye standoff ends peacefully


A standoff in Buckeye between 46-year-old Edward Tackett and police officers ended without injuries just before midnight on Oct. 29, police said.

At approximately 6 p.m. Buckeye police officers responded to a call about a suspicious man with a handgun in an apartment complex at 316 N. Miller Road.

While officers made contact with Tackett, he pointed a handgun at officers, forcing an officer to fire at him, said Sgt. Jason Weeks, a spokesman for the Buckeye Police Department.

Tackett fired several shots early in the confrontation, hitting at least one vehicle, said Lt. Jared Griffith, another spokesman for the department.

Tackett then returned to his apartment where he barricaded himself alone inside, police said. SWAT teams from both Buckeye and Goodyear were called in to help negotiate with Tackett to surrender.

Residents were evacuated from their apartments during the incident.

Tackett eventually surrendered shortly before midnight, police said.

He was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail with charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage and discharging a firearm within city limits.

No officers or bystanders were injured in the incident, police said.

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