Update: Standoff Ends Quietly

By: John Chapman, Katie Stukey Email
By: John Chapman, Katie Stukey Email
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A police standoff that lasted for more than nine hours Friday came to a quiet end shortly before 2:30 p.m. Michael Jennings, 33, allegedly stabbed a woman, later identified as Jessica Tate, during a domestic disturbance.

Tate, covered in blood and screaming, ran to a neighbor near North 40th Street and Himebaugh Avenue with four children around 5:15 a.m. She used the neighbor's cell phone to call 911 and said a man had cut her in the neck and wrist. She was taken to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition.

Jennings remained holed-up back at the house. His sister, Champagne Hunter, got a phone call.

“Five o’clock this morning, gave me a call talking about he was gonna kill himself ‘cause he done hurt somebody that live in the house,” she said. “We've been on the phone all day with him, talking to him, trying to get him to come out without killing himself.”

Police negotiations continued for hours. Jennings' family also talked to him on the phone trying to get him to surrender.

“He said he made a mess. He did some stabbing. He was on drugs when he did that stuff. He wasn’t in his right state of mind.”

The incident ended quietly in surrender shortly before 2:30.

His sister, Veronica Jennings, said she’d, “been praying since I been here and I guess he answered my prayers. I hope the best for him. I'm always gonna support my brother. I hope that she’s OK. Their family is OK. It’s just hard.”

Himebaugh was closed between 39th and 40th streets during the incident.

Jennings was initially taken to the hospital and later booked for Felony Assault-Domestic Violence, use of a weapon (not gun) to commit a felony, and two counts of child abuse.

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