The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

June 27, 2013

UPDATE: Police find unloaded weapons in standoff dwelling

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com

— Athens Police officers found two unloaded guns — including a shotgun and rifle — when they searched the South Houston Street home where a standoff occurred Wednesday.

Police Chief Floyd Johnson said Thursday his officers found a .308-caliber rifle and a shotgun in the residence at 1304 S. Houston St., where officers eventually arrested Benjamin “Ted” Moore, 35, on a charge of third-degree burglary.

The man who owns the home also owns the guns and was allowing Moore to stay there, the chief said.

Police had gone to the home north of U.S. 72 about 9:30 a.m. to question Moore about a burglary that occurred the night before on Stewart Drive. Officers knocked on the door but no one answered. At one point, due to Moore’s previous threats to police and a statement to a relative that he would not be taken alive, officers backed off, set up a perimeter and asked Moore to come out, the chief said. Five hours later, Moore exited peacefully and was arrested. He faces additional charges, Johnson said Thursday, but not related to the standoff.