Domestic violence suspect surrenders to Oxford PD

Domestic violence suspect surrenders to Oxford PD

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Willis Douglas Woodward. Source: Oxford Police Department Willis Douglas Woodward. Source: Oxford Police Department
OXFORD, AL (WBRC) -

A five-hour standoff ended peacefully in Oxford this morning after a man suspected of domestic violence surrendered to police.

A call to 911 came in to Oxford Police at 3:49 a.m. Friday morning, reporting that suspect Willis Douglas Woodward, 49, had assaulted a family member.

Oxford police officers responded to the location of the alleged fight, a home in the 5000 block of U.S. Highway 78, but Woodward was gone by the time they got there.

Police say Woodward left the Highway 78 location and drove a light green pickup truck to a trailer in the 100 block of Harkins Drive. There, he reportedly forced another family member to leave the trailer, then barricaded himself inside.

Lt. L.G. Owens with Oxford Police said police spent 5 and a half hours trying to negotiate with Woodward to come out of the trailer. Officers eventually deployed gas, and Woodward surrendered. He was placed under arrest without further incident at approximately 10:32 a.m.

Woodward now faces two charges of domestic violence. His bond is set at $2,000 and his court date will be Feb. 5, according to Lt. Owens.

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