Suspect in custody after SWAT situation at Sharonville hotel

Flash bombs, tear gas used to end standoff

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A suspect has been taken into custody after a SWAT situation at the Red Roof Inn in Sharonville, according to the Sharonville Police Department.

According to police, an officer on patrol discovered a stolen vehicle in the lot of the hotel. Additional details stated the suspect, 32-year-old Chastan Walker, may have been armed with an AK-47 rifle and several other weapons.

Walker was found staying at the hotel and was connected to the stolen vehicle.

Chastan Walker
Chastan Walker

Police said around 11 a.m. officers attempted to make contact with Walker to peacefully surrender, and he refused.

SWAT was then brought to the scene.

Around 3 p.m., three rounds of tear gas were fired at the third floor room where Walker was and SWAT members prepared to move in.

“We attempted to make contact with him via phone for hours. He was also broadcasting on Facebook live. SWAT began negotiations with him. Ultimately tear gas was deployed into the hotel room he came out unarmed on his own," Sgt. Elizabeth Owens said.

Walker was put inside an ambulance and taken off the property, but the SWAT teams work was not done.

They methodically made their way to the room where the man had been staying to collect evidence and see if he had weapons inside.

“Any situation like this is very dangerous for the officers especially when weapons are indicated. We had no idea what he had in that room behind the door. That’s always a tense and dangerous situation for everyone involved," Owens said.

Sharon Road will be reopened, but expect delays as the investigation continues in the area, police said.

***** UPDATE 1500 ***** The subject is in custody. Sharon Road will be reopened, but expect delays as our investigation...

Posted by Sharonville Police Department on Thursday, March 21, 2019

Walker was then transported to the Hamilton County Justice Center.

He is charged with inducing panic, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and telecommunications harassment.

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