A fugitive from Illinois was taken into custody Tuesday after barricading himself inside the Hometown Inn in Morganfield, Kentucky, for several hours.
36-year-old Alexander McWilliam was suspect wanted by Illinois State Police in connection to the murder of 19-year-old Mishealia M. Meredith on March 13. Her body was found in a rural part of Gallatin County after police found evidence of her death at a home in El Dorado.
Kentucky State Police say they were contacted by the U.S. Marshals Service just before 1:00 p.m. to send a negotiation team to the scene of the motel.
"Everybody, Union County people kept piling over there trying to see what was going on,"said Hope Duncan, an employee at a fast food resturant across the street from the motel. "Well a cop came over and was like, 'You all need to move your vehicles in case something happens.'"
"I was just like, 'What's going on?' and I came in and I sat at one of the booths and they said, "You can't sit there,' and I was like oh my God something is really going on and we just kept staring at it," said Alexis Perdue, another employee at the fast food restaurant.
After a standoff lasting more than two and half hours, units used a flash bang, and minutes later McWilliam finally walked out and surrendered. McWilliam was then taken into KSP custody just after 3 p.m.
“I was like, ‘Thank God he just surrendered himself and turned himself in and it got over with,'" Perdue said. "It’s just different, it’s really different. The world has changed a lot.”
Officials with Union County Public Schools also said Tuesday that they were aware of the situation and that all schools were on lockdown. Additionally, all UCPS busses were instructed to re-route away from the Hometown Inn intersection.
US-60 was closed to the public for a short time near the intersection at Waverly Street but has since reopened.
McWilliam is being held in the Webster County Jail awaiting extradition back to Saline County, IL, on a First Degree Murder charge.