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July 28, 2014, 5:19 am
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Suspect In Armed Standoff Facing Weapons, Drug Charges


A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after holding police at bay for hours Saturday in his home at the south end of the city. 

 

The incident began when neighbors reported 37-year-old John Hatcher firing multiple shots into the air outside his home on South Park Avenue, south of Wabash, before daybreak.  When police arrived, Hatcher retreated into his home and eventually broke off communications. 

 

Police used explosive charges to gain entry, and Hatcher surrendered.  Hatcher is facing weapons and other charges related to the standoff.  Authorities say they recovered several firearms, including a Glock handgun and an AR-15 rifle.  He is also facing drug charges after police discovered evidence of a marijuana-growing operation in his home.

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