Larry Denham of Delta was arrested Sept. 12 after a standoff with police officers that lasted nearly three and a half hours.
Officers responded to a domestic violence incident at 120 W. 6th Street, Delta, at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
The female victim was able to leave the home, but as officers approached the front of the residence they were confronted by Denham on the enclosed front porch. He had a hammer in one hand and a roofer's hammer in the other with the hammer's hatchet blade forward.
Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas says department hostage negotiators made several attempts to convince Denham to surrender peacefully, but he insisted an officer would have to kill him. When it became clear negotiations would not resolve the situation, Chief Thomas authorized the use of the Delta Police Department's special weapons and tactics team under the direction of Commander Jesse Cox. "We were able to distract Larry by saying his wife was on the telephone for him," Chief Thomas said. "That provided us a few seconds for the entry team to enter the south side of the home."
The officers used an incendiary device called a flash bang to disorient Denham. The device, Chief Thomas explained, temporarily numbs a suspect's sense of sight and hearing. Denham was taken into custody without further incident.
However, during entry to the north side of the house, a sheriff's deputy assisting with the call sustained a cut to his leg. He received immediate medical attention from paramedics from the Delta County Ambulance District.
Once Denton was taken into custody, he was also treated for a couple of small cuts. He is being held at Delta County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He faces multiple charges including domestic violence and barricading himself in his home.
Chief Thomas said the incident turned out well for the victim of the domestic violence, the officers involved in the call, and the community. "We had to get the situation neturalized quickly before Denham harmed himself and potentially harmed someone in the community," he said.
Chief Thomas said he hopes Denham will receive the help he needs "so we're not placed in a position again where we have to force entry into his house and take him into custody."blog comments powered by Disqus