Standoff in Murray Ends with Fugitive's Arrest
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY - A seven-hour standoff early Saturday morning in Murray ended peacefully with a man's arrest. 

According to the Calloway County Sheriff's Department, they began looking for 37-year-old Jesse Derrick Branham on Friday, along with the US Marshals Service, since he was wanted on a federal probation violation. At about 12:30 am Saturday, deputies learned Branham was at the Murray Inn and Art Gallery (formerly Murray Plaza Inn) on South 12th Street.

When officers from several agencies converged, Branham reportedly opened the door to his room, pointed a gun at deputies, then retreated back into the room, barricading himself inside with his girlfriend and their infant child.

After several hours of negotiating, deputies say Branham came outside again with his girlfriend and child, and again pointed a handgun at officers who were trying to convince him to release his loved ones out of harm's way. After several attempts, Branham eventually allowed his girlfriend and child to leave the scene, but he retreated inside the room. 

A few more hours of negotiating led Branham to come out of the room with the handgun, but deputies say he dropped it and was taken into custody without further incident. No one was injured during the standoff, and Branham was taken to Calloway County Detention Center.

The standoff ended about 7 am.

Other agencies at the scene included Murray Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, Paducah Police Department, McCracken County Sheriff's Department, Murray-Calloway County EMS and Calloway County Fire and Rescue.

Published 03:04 PM, Saturday Feb. 09, 2019
Updated 05:49 PM, Sunday Feb. 10, 2019

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