ALABAMA: MUSLIM man charged with firing gunshots and making terrorist threats in a 10-hour standoff with police

Investigators say Ahmed Sherif Elbagdadi, 24, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm within city limits and making terroristic threats.

MUSLIM Ahmed Sherif Elbagdadi

WSFA (H/T Rob E)  The standoff began after Auburn police received a call for shots fired just before 7 p.m. Monday evening.  A passing motorist reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a man pointing a gun toward the street near the area of East University Drive and East Glenn Avenue. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they heard a gunshot from a home in the 1400 block of East University Drive. As officers approached the home, a shot was fired.

“The officers did believe they were being fired upon.  (Then they should have killed him) They retreated and set up a perimeter around the residence and called for assistance,” explained Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson. Some families who lived closer to the house were told to evacuate their homes. 

Numerous attempts were made by the police department to contact Elbagdadi by phone, in hopes of convincing him to surrender. Officials resorted to tear gas, but say Elbagdadi was hiding in an interior bathroom to escape the gas.

The County-wide Tactical Team went in to the home a little before 5 a.m. Tuesday morning and took the suspect into custody.  No injuries were reported. Elbagdadi was transported to the Lee County Detention Center where he is currently being held. Investigators say additional charges may be pending.