SWAT team called in, man jailed after weekend standoff in Pioneer

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By Beth Braden

PIONEER—A midnight 911 call led to a four-hour standoff with police and the SWAT team in Pioneer this Thanksgiving weekend.

Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Jeffers was dispatched to a home on Lone Road in Pioneer in response to a domestic disturbance with reports of a man threatening to kill his dad and other residents of the home as well as himself.

The man, Michael Allen Schmidt, of Nashville, was allegedly armed with a handgun and had already fired two shots into the ground before the officer’s arrival, according to records.

Schmidt allegedly said he “wanted to die suicide by cop.”

When Jeffers arrived at the scene, the suspect’s father told him Schmidt was in the home’s basement causing damage to the house. Jeffers ordered Schmidt to come out, but he allegedly snuck out of the basement and went to hide in the woods.

When Jeffers tried to coax Schmidt from the woods, Schmidt reportedly threatened to kill Jeffers and then himself if anybody came into the woods. At that point, the Campbell County SWAT team was called to the scene to help apprehend Schmidt.

While hiding in the woods, Schmidt reportedly called his father several times and refused to surrender. Finally, he agreed to speak to Capt. Jeremy Goins via phone, but he still refused to give himself up.

Just after 4 a.m., Schmidt relented and was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with four counts of aggravated domestic assault, four counts of reckless endangerment, resisting the stop, frisk and halt search, public intoxication, aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a fire arm in commission of a felony, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and vandalism less than $500.

This was his 6th booking at the Campbell County Jail.