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Man taken into custody after 4-hour standoff in Slidell involving two children as hostages

A four-hour standoff ends with the safe release of two children and a man taken into custody.
A four-hour standoff ends with the safe release of two children and a man taken into custody.(Slidell Police Department)
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 11:31 PM CDT
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SLIDELL, La. (WVUE) - A four-hour standoff Friday (April 29) ended with the safe release of two children and a man taken into custody.

Around 4:30 p.m., Slidell Police responded in a reference to a welfare check in the 700 block of Pine Tree St. Police received information that 34-year-old Thomas Wells was at a residence making homicidal and suicidal threats, with two young children inside.

When officers arrived, Wells barricaded himself inside with the two children as hostages, refusing to let them leave the residence. The Slidell S.W.A.T. Team and hostage negotiators arrived on the scene.

After nearly four hours, they were able to retrieve the two children that appeared to be unharmed and Wells was apprehended. The incident ended around 9:40 p.m.

Wells was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and treated for tear gas exposure. Criminal charges are expected for Wells after the incident.

“This incident was mentally and physically draining on everyone involved, especially since it involved children,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. “There were some tense moments throughout the standoff, but our highly trained negotiators and tactical officers handled the situation by preserving life and making sure everyone went home safe.

“This situation could have had a much different ending. But, at the end of the day, the good guys won.”

This incident is currently under investigation.

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