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Two charged after domestic dispute turns into standoff in Kingsport

Rain Smith • Jan 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — An early Sunday morning dispute between a woman and her boyfriend advanced into a standoff involving a second man, a gun, knife and hammer and charges of kidnapping and felony reckless endangerment.

According to an incident report from the Kingsport Police Department, officers responded to a possible aggravated assault at 921 Riverside Ave. about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Though no one was present, police said they found signs that the door had been kicked in. There was also a dresser inside the doorway, as if to block entrance into the home.

In the living room police found a spent .22-caliber shell, as well as two additional unspent rounds.

An officer then responded to a nearby Shell station to speak with the man who originally called police. Corey Silvers, 22, 3401 Buffalo St., Erwin, reported he was at the Riverside Avenue residence of his girlfriend when a man entered the home brandishing a rifle.

Silvers told police that the man, Jonathan Langford, had at some point struck him on the head with the butt of the rifle. Langford then left the residence with Silvers’ girlfriend, Amethyst Fields, 22.

Police said Langford and Fields were located in an automobile on Interstate 26. A rifle was found in the back seat with a magazine inserted, but no ammunition, police said.

Langford, 22, 1346 Lawndale Circle, Kingsport, was taken to the police station for questioning.

Fields was returned to where the incident began on Riverside Avenue.

At the scene, police said Fields told them she and Silvers began arguing about 3:30 a.m. Fields claimed Silvers had been physically abusive in the past and was threatening her with a knife. In response, Fields said she called Langford, “who had previously helped her when Silvers became abusive.”

Fields reported to police that she did not tell Langford to come to her home, but had put the dresser in front of the door to stop his entry if he did so. When Langford arrived he pushed his way through the barricade and walked into her living room carrying a rifle, she said.

According to the police report, Langford found “Silvers had put down the knife and was now standing in the bedroom with Fields holding a hammer above her head. Langford and Silvers had a standoff with both refusing to drop their weapons.”

Police said Langford fired one round from his rifle into the bedroom where Silvers and Fields were standing. He then “struck Silvers in the head with the butt of his rifle causing a laceration.”

Silvers fled the scene to call police from the Shell station. Langford and Fields left in Langford’s vehicle, which was later stopped on I-26.

After taking statements and collecting evidence from the scene, police arrested both men. Silvers was charged with aggravated kidnapping in the incident, while Langford was charged with felony reckless endangerment.

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