UPDATE: It was a peaceful end to a SWAT call in Hixson Tuesday, where residents on Gadd Road were kept inside their homes for hours while negotiators worked to get a man to surrender.
"I was like oh my gosh this is a lot. If something happens then I am going to go crazy because I’ve never seen this happen before,” says Anna Palmer, who was one of many witnesses watching the situation unfold.
In a press conference, Channel 3 learned that police originally responded to a 911 call about a disorder and possible mental health situation.
When police arrived at the scene, two of three people inside the home came out; however, the third person refused to come out.
Following protocol, officers called negotiators to the scene.
Lieutenant Austin Garrett is the Special Operations Commander of Tactical and Traffic Operations with the Chattanooga Police Department. He says, "Whenever negotiators are called to a scene, our SWAT operators come out also and we work as a team collectively."
Officers were successful in negotiating with the man, who eventually came out on his own.
“When he came out he had a hot pocket in one hand and a coke in another hand for the negotiator and took it to him,” described Palmer.
Officers chose not to charge the man.
Lt. Garrett says, "Our ultimate goal is the preservation of life and today is a good example of that where we were able to resolve something successfully through communication with the people at the residence."
Police say Tuesday's outcome is what they hope for in each negotiation.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Chattanooga police say that the SWAT situation off Gadd Road has been successfully resolved by one of the negotiators.