Members of the Cullman Police Department's Tactical Unit assisted Blount County authorities in the apprehension of an armed burglary suspect who barricaded himself inside a mobile home for more than three hours Wednesday evening.

The suspect, Alvie Douglas Jones, 40, of County Road 1606 in Cullman County, was allegedly burglarizing the residence on County Highway 9 near the Blount/Cullman County line when the homeowners returned unexpectedly shortly before 5 p.m. and caught him in the act

"When the homeowner opened the front door, Jones was standing in front of him holding a gun he had taken from the residence. Jones told the homeowners to leave before he killed them all, or words to that effect, and the residents left and called the Sheriff's Office," said Sgt. Larry Dabbs, lead investigator in the case for the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

Dabbs said the first deputy on the scene attempted to make contact with Jones, who was armed with a handgun and .22-caliber rifle. Jones reportedly responded by threatening to shoot anyone who approached the home.

"Other units were called in and we virtually surrounded the trailer to make certain the situation was contained. We then put in a call to the Cullman Police Department's Tactical Unit, which arrived on the scene a short time later," Dabbs said. "The unit deployed tear gas into the residence and soon after the suspect exited the home and surrendered to deputies."

The tactical team then entered the home and searched for any additional suspects. No one else was found in the home.

Jones remained in the Blount County Jail Thursday charged with burglary first-degree and resisting arrest.

Dabbs said he and the Blount County Sheriff's Office appreciate very much the assistance of the Cullman Police Tactical Unit.

"We appreciate them coming down and responding to our call for assistance more than we can express in words," Dabbs said. "Everything worked out well. Anytime we can get the suspect out and keep any officers or civilians from being injured it's a good day."

Tactical team member Todd Chiaranda said his unit is always glad to provide assistance.

"The safety of the officers as well as the suspect was our primary concern," Chiaranda said. "Countless hours of training, quality equipment and determination resulted in the success of this operation."

Chiaranda said he and the other tactical unit members appreciate the confidence Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper and other agencies have in their ability to resolve these types of situations safely.

"I would also like to commend my fellow team members on their professionalism and a job well done," Chiaranda said.

Cullman Police Sgt. Billy Handley, tactical unit commander, also praised the group.

"I am proud to work with a group of individuals that is dedicated to go above and beyond the call of duty," Handley said. "These officers sacrifice time away from their families to train and to respond to situations with elevated risk such as these. The families of these officers also sacrifice themselves not knowing when the officer will return home or what they are encountering while they are gone. I thank the officers for a job well done."

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