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Butler County warrant leads to standoff

A situation that began with the routine serving of a warrant escalated into a standoff at the Old Acres Trailer Park on Hwy. 10 between Rutledge and Luverne last Thursday.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office was serving the warrant with assistance from the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office when the suspect, Raymond Craig McAfee, 45, of Luverne barricaded himself in his trailer, allegedly with a weapon in his possession.

Response and assistance quickly came from the Greenville Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) and the Luverne Police Department.

Agents on the ground were in communication with the suspect but were unable to resolve the situation in that manner. After an hours-long standoff, however, officers were able to enter the residence after using flash grenades and tear gas to extract and arrest McAfee.

He was then taken into custody of Butler County Sheriff’s Office. McAfee was charged with buying/receiving stolen property and was still in the Butler County Jail as of Tuesday morning. More charges could be pending in connection with the incident.