courtesy of Howell County Jail

Armed Standoff Ends without Injury

A Peace Valley man was arrested on March 7 after an armed standoff with Sheriff’s Deputies and the Howell County SWAT Team. At approximately 7:30 a.m. Deputy Melanie Roam and Deputy Dylan Webb responded to a Peace Valley residence regarding a verbal domestic disturbance. 
A male party, later identified as William Collins, 37, left the scene in a vehicle as deputies arrived. He later returned while law enforcement was still on the scene. Collins was driving “erratically” in a field near the house until he crashed into a tree, says a release from the Howell County Sheriff’s Office. 
As Deputy Roam approached the vehicle in her patrol car, she saw the subject arm himself with a rifle. The deputy backed away and heard Collins discharge the firearm before he exited the vehicle and walked toward the residence where a woman and child were still inside. Deputy Roam ran to the house and removed the woman and child to a location down the road. 
Collins entered the residence and refused to exit or comply with the officers’ commands. The Howell County SWAT Team and negotiators from the West Plains Police Department responded to the scene. Collins discharged the firearm several more times from inside the residence, and eventually fled on foot before he was taken into custody.
Collins was placed on a 24-hour detention, pending formal charges. On March 8, Collins was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. 
The accused posted a surety bond in the amount of $25,000 on March 9. His case was scheduled for a bond hearing on March 14.
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