Neighbors react to Marshall County stand off

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CUMBERLAND COVE, Okla. (KXII)-- A manhunt that began in Tishomingo and lasted nearly 24-hours, ended in Cumberland Cove late Saturday night following a four-hour standoff.

"I was like, oh my God what is going?" Texoma Shores Resort manager of Cumberland Cove, Eddie Jowers, said. "You don't see that around here at all."

Jowers says he and his wife were driving home from shopping in Madill, when they drove past a neighbor's home that was surrounded by police.

"One of the SWAT team come out with his gun drawn, and you could see the infared and everything, and he was pointing at us, telling us to get out of there." Jowers said.

He didn't know at the time, but the U.S. Marshals and other local agencies had 44-year-old Scotty Russell surrounded, a man who had been wanted since early Saturday morning, for shooting at police after a chase in Tishomingo.

"Once we found that out, my heart really dropped, knowing that this dude could've come down and barricaded himself in my house," Jowers said. "It was just unbelievable."

And Jim Lawson, retired law enforcement himself, lives one house down from the home, and says the first agencies arrived around 7, only for more and more to come over the four hour stand off.

"When more and more vehicles started showing up, I was outside listening to the conversations, and I could tell it was something a lot [more] serious." Lawson said.

He says the woman who lives at the home arrived later, and took refuge in his home. He says Russell was an old friend of her ex-husband's, who she was letting stay there without knowing he was wanted.

"She's scared, she was scared to death." Lawson said.

He said it ended around 10:30, shortly after hearing the flash bangs of tear gas.

"When it was over with, and you walked outside, you could smell the pepper spray." Lawson said.

He says he's glad it ended safely, and that law enforcement took the situation so seriously.

"Everybody had everybody's back, and they were trying to protect the community. And that made me feel safer." Lawson said.



 
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