BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A Jefferson County man arrested Sunday following a standoff has been charged with assault, kidnapping and other charges, according to Chief Deputy Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Mark Bryon McAvoy, 42, is charged with kidnapping, assault, making a terrorist threat, unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest.
His charges stem from a Sunday incident on Garrett Drive.
Christian says deputies responded to a domestic violence report around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
McAvoy went to a neighbor’s house with blood on and his hands and said he had just killed his mother.
When authorities arrived they discovered McAvoy’s mother to be alive and well, but she was being held inside McAvoy’s house against her will.
When officers with the Gardendale Police Department spoke with McAvoy, he said he had a gun and would shoot and kill anyone who tried to come inside.
McAvoy told deputies he would let his mother go in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. He received the cigarettes, but changed his mind.
He told authorities they would have to kill him, but not before he killed his mother first, according to Christian.
McAvoy tried to use his mother as a human shield, placing a gun to her back. He said deputies would have to shoot his mother first In order to reach him.
Tear gas was shot into the home and the SWAT team entered the house, rescued his mother and took McAvoy into custody following a brief struggle as they attempted to handcuff him.
He’s being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $112,000.
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