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Jackson Police respond to hostage situation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A hostage situation ended after a standoff that lasted more than 3-hours Thursday. Jackson police SWAT teams tried to negotiate a peaceful release, but, eventually force had to be used. It happened at 600 Cherry Street off Walnut Street. 

In a video shot by John Mix, you see Jackson Police squad cars and a SWAT team vehicle in front of 600 Cherry Street. 

Mix said, "He is a real good man. Ain't nothing wrong. He a good one. He a good man. He help everybody around the hood and everything." 

Mix Was talking about 45-year-old Lewis Hawkins. But Chief Rebecca Coleman says Hawkins forced a female into the house and would not release her. And there was nothing nice about what Coleman says he did when officers arrived shortly after 5pm. 

Chief Coleman said, "Upon approach, they were refused entry and upon this refusal one shot was fired at the police officer." 

Deputy Chief Lindsay Horton said, "Everybody in the immediate area and close proximity of this was evacuated." 

Horton says officers gave Hawkins every opportunity to come out peacefully, but it soon became clear that wasn't going to happen without force. 

Chief Horton said, "After about three hours of negotiation with this subject, he was given ample opportunity to surrender or to come out and we introduced the chemical agent to encourage him to come out and as a result did exit the home and brought the young lady out with him." 

Chief Coleman said, "Subsequently, Mr. Hawkins will be charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault on a police officer." 

The tear gas forced Hawkins to come out, unarmed. The female he had held hostage also came out. Neither was injured. 

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