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Barricade suspect reportedly pistol whipped victim, charged with attempted second degree murder

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Parker has been charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. (Photo Source: Germantown Police Department) Parker has been charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. (Photo Source: Germantown Police Department)
Shortly after a loud explosion was heard at the home, police exited the home with the suspect in custody. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Shortly after a loud explosion was heard at the home, police exited the home with the suspect in custody. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC) - Susan Bass Parker was taken into custody Saturday evening, charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after firing shots in her Germantown neighborhood.

According to an affidavit, Adriane Merrill went to Bass' home on Holly Hill Cove at 12:15 p.m. Saturday to retrieve her dogs, which had been staying there, along with personal items, while Merrill was in the process of separating from her husband.

When Merrill entered the house and called for the dogs, the affidavit says Merrill heard Parker yell expletives, as well as the sound of someone running.

Merrill then ran away from the home with both dogs in her hands and Parker allegedly fired two gun shots.

When the victim became trapped at a fence, Parker reportedly unsuccessfully tried to take one of the dogs, and allegedly hit Merrill in the head two to three times with the pistol.

After escaping, Merrill called police saying Parker had fired shots at her, but that she was not hit. TACT and SWAT officers dressed in riot gear quickly filled the neighborhood following the call.

Police say they tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with Parker before storming her home.

After a few distraction maneuvers, Germantown tactical officers loaded a half-dressed Parker into the back of a TACT vehicle, wearing only her undergarments.

"She willingly came out of the home and met with them in the backyard," said Deputy Chief Rodney Bright.

For more than five hours, residents in the normally quiet neighborhood were on edge until the situation was peacefully resolved.

"The fact that you have a really safe neighborhood, you have a neighbor just a few doors down that shooting," said Rob Rehkopf.

Germantown's deputy chief of police told WMC Action News 5's Justin Hanson that he knows of no other calls the department has made there to Susan Parker's address. He also says Parker could end up staying in the Germantown jail up to 72 hours before being transferred to another facility.

"It's very unusual in Germantown to see this kind of activity, and so we were frightened," noted Kay Saslawski.

Follow Justin Hanson on Twitter to see how Saturday afternoon's barricade situation unfolded.

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