Tense Standoff Ends Peacefully

35-year-old Michael Farrow is facing a range of new charges, after U.S. Marshals and Owensboro police took him into custody.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 3:13 PM
Updated: Sep 15, 2020 9:39 PM

One man is in the Daviess County Detention center this Tuesday, after a tense standoff with police.

Luckily, it ended peacefully, but the situation could have easily escalated.

Officers say, the suspect barricaded himself inside one apartment before climbing into another.

"It’s pretty crazy because I’ve never encountered something like this before,” commented Isaiah Smith, who lives across the street. "So to come home and see something like this, it’s a pretty scary scene. Especially when we have a daughter that’s pretty young.”

Neighbors were surprised to see what was happening out their windows, just across the street around 1 p.m.

Roads were shut down, as a multi-agency team of officers worked for hours trying to get 35-year-old Michael McShane Fairrow, Jr. of Owensboro out of apartments on Evergreen Drive.

Owensboro Police assisted U.S. Marshals in serving a federal indictment warrant, but it wasn’t a simple job:

“We received information from the family that they believed he was armed, and he made indications that he was not going to surrender,” said OPD's Officer Andrew Boggess.

That led to a standoff.

Police say Michael Fairrow climbed from the apartment he was in into the attic, and entered another apartment where the neighbors were home, sending those who were inside--outside.

Officers were eventually able to get him out without incident.

“I can’t go into specifics," Boggess explained. "Again our emergency response team responded, a K9 is often utilized in that response as well, as well as hazardous device in case their services were needed.”

Although law enforcement couldn’t share details on how they were able to get Fairrow to give up, no one was hurt.

Neighbors though, say they’re second guessing their safety here after what they saw:

“We’re not gonna be here for too much longer, we are planning on moving. This right here with what’s happening, makes us want to move even more.”

Fairrow is listed with the Daviess County Detention Center as a federal prisoner being held.

He faces charges of second degree burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and two counts of drug possession.

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