The Fort Smith SWAT team and police respond to reports of a standoff in Fort Smith early Sunday (June 1) morning.
Officers were dispatched to Sparks Regional Medical Center in reference to a battery victim from an earlier call on Midland Blvd. being disorderly, according to Sgt. Gerald Schaefer, Fort Smith Police Department.
Officers transported the victim, Venus Frazier, 39, to her residence at 5100 Henderson St., Schaefer said. Once there Frazier was locked out of the house, so she began to try to remove a window AC unit that she said she had crawled through before when the suspect in the earlier battery, her live in boyfriend, Ray Hendricks, 50, had locked her out, Schaefer said.
As Frazier was removing the unit she saw Hendricks come into the room holding a gun and told the officer, Schaefer said. The officer pulled her out of the way and saw Hendricks holding a lever action rifle.
That’s when officers backed off and a perimeter was set up, Schaefer said. Fort Smith SWAT was notified and negotiators were able to get Hendricks to exit the residence.
Hendricks was placed into custody and faces charges for second-degree domestic battery, Schaefer said. He was transported to the Sebastian County Jail.