Louisville Metro Police found a meth lab inside a home where police spent 9 hours on a standoff that ended early Thursday morning.
Metro Narcotics officers went to a house in the 6300 block of Greenwood Road about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after gathering information that methamphetamine may have been being manufactured there, said Lt. Richard Pearson.
The occupant, Clifford Rawls, let officers in and once inside they saw enough evidence that they sought a search warrant for the entire home, Pearson said.
But as they called for the warrant, Rawls allegedly got one of several guns in the home and threatened officers, who backed out. As they left, detectives took a woman who had been inside out with them for her safety.
That woman, Tammy Linnig, 47, has since been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.
Once police backed out of the home, they called for the SWAT team to assist. Members of the SWAT and hostage negotiating team worked throughout the night to try to get Rawls to come out of the home and surrender, Pearson said.
At one point, Rawls, who had fired several shots while inside the home, came out onto the porch and fired several rounds from a shotgun at police officers who were positioned behind trees for safety, Pearson said.
No officers returned fire at Rawls, who eventually retreated back into the home and secured himself, Pearson said.
“They used great restraint,” Pearson said of the officers.
Hostage negotiators continued to talk to Rawls, who came out of the home about 4:45 a.m. and surrendered peacefully.
Once police were able to go back into the home, they discovered a meth lab as well as other paraphernalia used to make the drug, Pearson said.
The department’s clandestine lab team went in to safely handle the material and remove it.
Rawls, 48, was charged with two counts of criminal attempted murder of police, and one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, wanton endangerment of police, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana.