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June 2, 2022

Southaven police arrest man after break-in, manhunt, barricade

Therese Apel

After a barricade situation and manhunt Thursday, Southaven Police Department says they have a suspect in custody.

According to WMC, there was a heavy presence of Southaven police officers in the area of Church and Getwell Roads looking for an armed suspect who was seen running through the neighborhood after 911 was called about a burglary.

Police say Brian Parker, 48, then broke into a home by using his gun to break the window. Chief Macon Moore told reporters that a woman was inside, but escaped out the back door.

The incident became a barricade situation. Moore said a hostage negotiator was able to talk the suspect out of the home and into custody.

“This gentlman has a very extensive criminal history dating back years,” Moore said. “We were extremely worried about the outcome but the negotiators were able to talk him out peacefully.”

Moore said 45-50 cars were in the area, as well as a helicopter.

“You want to establish a perimeter as soon as possible, and the strong police presence typically makes them lay down,” Moore said. “You have a lot more of an opportunity then to find them with the K9 team.”

Parker faces three charges of home invasion and discharging a firearm. Olive Branch Police Department has carjacking and two home invasion charges against him pending as well, SPD says. Police say Parker also had an outstanding warrant out of Pontotoc County for felony theft. He has been on the run since May 20, Moore said.

“This ended well, we want to thank the Olive Branch Police Department and the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department for assisting,” Moore said.

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