Just after 11a.m., it was a family member that was able to talk with 58-year-old Thurman Whitted over the phone and convince him to come out of the home ending the nearly 5-hour standoff. But the sheriff’s office said Whitted refused to keep his hands up and in view while walking out. Deputies were forced to take him to the ground to arrest him when he reached for his pockets.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for Whitted’s home to search for firearms and other evidence. The sheriff’s office says formal charges will be filed against Whitted once the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office reviews the case.