Suspect in Huntsville standoff said he was mad about fireworks - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Suspect in Huntsville standoff said he was mad about fireworks

The suspected gunman was cornered in an apartment while police evacuated neighbors. (Source: WAFF Staff) The suspected gunman was cornered in an apartment while police evacuated neighbors. (Source: WAFF Staff)
Police tell us the suspect came out and surrendered around 2:30 a.m. (Source: WAFF Staff) Police tell us the suspect came out and surrendered around 2:30 a.m. (Source: WAFF Staff)
Thomas Couch (Source:Huntsville Police Department) Thomas Couch (Source:Huntsville Police Department)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Police have charged a Huntsville man following an overnight shooting and standoff in the 2800 block of Fairbanks Street.

Officers responded to a shooting call on Fairbanks Street around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. One person was taken to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm with not life-threatening. 

Investigators tell us 32-year-old Thomas Couch was in a neighboring apartment and shot the victim because he was upset about fireworks being shot in the area by several people. 

Couch refused to surrender to officers and a standoff ensued with him barricading himself inside a home with two children.

He was charged with second-degree assault and booked into the Madison County Jail.

Couch was cornered in the apartment while police evacuated neighbors. Police say he came out and surrendered around 2:30 a.m.

The children were not hurt. Around 12:20 a.m., our cameras caught officers threatening to pepper spray people after one of the bystanders threw a lit roman candle at officers.

A few moments after that, another larger firework was thrown at officers.

None of them were hurt and we didn't see anyone being arrested for that incident.

The shooting victim identified himself as Trevor Jones. He said the bullet shattered his elbow, leaving his left arm numb. He said there are still bullet fragments in his arm, which he said was so swollen, he can't have surgery until next week.

"Literally I can't do anything. I'm not paralyzed, but I can't get around like I want to," said Jones.

"I panicked and started getting very dizzy and by the time I made it halfway down the hall, I collapsed," he said of the shooting.

Copyright 2017 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Report an Error | Submit a Tip to WAFF 48

Powered by Frankly