Fredericktown standoff suspect could face terrorism charges

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FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KTVI) - A standoff in Fredericktown lasting nearly a half day resulted in several evacuations, one man in custody and no one getting hurt.  The suspect threatened to set off an explosion inside his mother’s house Tuesday night, according to Fredericktown police.

Police says the suspect had been in and out of trouble and did not want to return to prison.  He was arrested without incident Wednesday morning, after a nearly 12-hour standoff with police.   Police say it’s possible the suspect could face federal terrorism charges, but as of Wednesday no decision had been made.

A three block area was evacuated while police negotiated with the suspect Tuesday night.  A robot was used to help police see inside a window.  Thermal imaging also gave police an indication of what part of the house the suspect was located.

Some residents expressed frustration over how long the negotiations took.  Others believe the patience paid off because no one was hurt.

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