The suspect told the police commissioner that he had an “extensive” criminal history, Ross said in a morning news conference, without offering specific details on the suspect’s past.
At one point during the incident, the police commissioner said, the suspect was in contact with his girlfriend via video chat. Negotiators then used information about the girlfriend and the suspect’s newborn as leverage to “appeal to him and his sense of reasoning,” Ross said.
The police commissioner credited local attorney Shaka Johnson with helping authorities bring the standoff to an end.
The suspect said he needed help, Johnson said.
“He did not want this to end violently,” Johnson told the station, adding, “I told him you got to surrender now, you know, in short you have to surrender.”
Johnson engaged the suspect in conversation, Ross said, but police ultimately used tear gas to force the suspect out of the house.