Ala. man shoots at police with bow and arrow, prompts standoff

The suspect fired an arrow at police, then retreated into his apartment, prompting a 4-hour standoff

By Police1 Staff

BESSEMER, Ala. — Bessemer police arrested a man after what was nearly a four-hour standoff at the man’s apartment complex.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance in progress call at the apartment complex, according to, when the suspect shot an arrow toward officers from his balcony.

An officer returned fire, prompting the suspect to retreat back into his apartment.

Several attempts to communicate with the man were unsuccessful. After evacuating other residents from the building, the department’s special response team entered the unit and arrested the suspect without further incident.

According to the report, Deputy Chief Mike Roper said they expect to charge the man with attempted murder. 

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