Standoff in Franklin County ends with tear gas being fired into home

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WASHINGTON, MO (KTVI) – Several rounds of tear gas brought a standoff with police to an end in Franklin County.

According to police, the ordeal began around noon on Tuesday and ended just after 3 p.m.

A person identified as Arthur Decker called police headquarters and said he wanted to turn himself in for outstanding warrants. When officers arrived at the home in the 400 block of Walnut Street, they made contact with Decker and arrested him.

However, another person in the house, identified as Joseph Kearney, also had an outstanding felony warrant but did not want to come out.  Authorities said Kearney was armed with a knife and threatening to harm himself.

The Franklin County SWAT Team was called to the scene to try negotiating with Kearney, but that effort failed.

Ultimately, authorities fired six rounds of tear gas into the upstairs portion of the home, forcing Kearney to leave the home. He was taken into custody immediately thereafter.

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

Kearney will face additional charges of resisting arrest.