UPDATE: Suspect In Custody
Following Domestic Incident In Cadiz
A stand off with police in Trigg County Friday morning ended peacefully as the suspect in a domestic dispute surrendered just after noon. 29-year old Brandon Skunza was taken into custody around 12:22 pm Friday on Virginia Circle. The incident was first reported around 10:30 am Friday with numerous law enforcement agencies and rescue agencies responding to the scene of what was at first believed to be a hostage situation.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Brent White says the initial report was of a domestic dispute between Skunza and a woman with small children in the home. Skunza allegedly threatened to kill the woman during the dispute.
White says KSP and local law enforcement were able to maintain periodic contact with the female victim and get some information about what was happening inside the home.
A KSP Special Response Team was dispatched to the scene from central Kentucky via a KSP Aircraft. Prior to their arrival at the scene, around at 12:19 pm, Skunza communicated with Trooper First Class Lewie Dodd via a telephone. Skunza subsequently surrendered to police at 12:22 pm and was taken into custody without further incident. Skunza was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for Assault in the Fourth Degree. In addition, he faces possible unlawful imprisonment charges and drug charges.
Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.
The woman and her children were taken to Trigg County Hospital for evaluation. The mother was treated for apparent multiple injuries related to the domestic violence assault.
There was an accidental discharge of a weapon outside the home prior to the suspect surrendering. White says the discharge did not have anything to with the incident and that Skunza did not discharge his weapon during the incident.