Teen surrenders to police after barricading himself inside north St. Louis home

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - St. Louis police shut down several streets near an intersection in north city Tuesday morning as the SWAT Team responded to a situation involving a teenager who barricaded himself inside a home.

St. Louis police were called to the 4800 block of Bessie around 4 a.m. for a domestic disturbance. All of the people inside the home were evacuated.

Janet Carter said her grandson barricaded himself inside the residence. Police believed the teenager was armed but Carter was not sure if that was the case. She said her grandson lived there with his girlfriend and the girl's mother.

Negotiators were on-scene to resolve the situation.

The teenager eventually walked out of the house and surrendered to police before 12:30 p.m.

Carter said she hopes her grandson learns from this incident and she was happy the situation was peacefully resolved.

"My grandson surrendered safely and (police did) what they supposed to do and took him into custody safely," she said.

Following the incident, police asked the media and bystanders to move further back, which led to one man being arrested and the teen's family becoming upset with law enforcement. Police have not explained why they made that arrest.

Family members at the scene said the boy was 16; however, police said the boy was 17.

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