Tuesday morning’s standoff terrorized an entire neighborhood. People were trapped in their building and an armed man was also inside.
“It was about 12:45 and I heard a gun shot and i was like what in the world is going on,” said Spencer Conner who lives in the building located near 11th and Rockford Avenue.
Conner is still shocked his neighbor across the hall triggered a stand off with police.
“Of course I didn’t want to get up and look out the window because I didn’t want to be shot. I called 911 and they and said they send somebody out,” Conner said.
Fifteen minutes later Conner heard more gun shots. Neighbors say before officers arrived, the suspect living in this second floor apartment was shooting at windows and cars, while residents were inside the building. Conner stayed in his apartment until help arrived.
“I heard tap tap tap on window and I seen a lot of lights outside. The police had me climb down the ladder to go out outside because they didn’t want me to be shot by the this guy,” Conner said.
Officers evacuated all residents while the suspect stayed inside armed with a shotgun. TPD said they could hear the suspect mumbling and pulling the trigger on an unloaded gun. According to officers the suspect eventually fired at them and that’s when a veteran officer shot back.
“I don’t know what was going through his head or what the circumstances were, but if you point a gun at a law enforcement you are probably going to get shot. or shoot at them that is going to make it even worse,” Conner said.
Conner and another neighbor said they feel terrible for the family, but they believe the suspect had enough time to surrender and that officers did not use excessive force.
“They were in danger and they knew other people life were in danger so they did the right thing,” Conner said.
On Wednesday a group claiming to be the suspect’s father, sister and two friends told us 22- year- old Cody Wayne Young was a good kid, who was suffering from a disorder.
They say they are not upset with police, but frustrated that Young couldn’t get the right help he needed. They also told us that Young was suppose to turn 23 on June 11, 2014.
The name of the veteran officer who shot the suspect will not be released until TPD releases the suspect’s name.
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