Saturday standoff ends with no injuries

HOLMES COUNTY – Holmes County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded late Saturday, August 1, to a domestic disturbance at a County Road 183-A residence close to the Holmes/Walton county line in Ponce de Leon.

John Kenneth Kennison

Deputies met and spoke with the victim, who had left the residence and traveled down the road from the home. The deputies then arrived at the residence to make contact with 73-year-old John Kenneth Kennison.

Once on scene, deputies knocked on the door, at which time Kennison inquired who was there and deputies announced themselves as being with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.

Kennison then fired a round, and deputies took cover until additional units could arrive.

Numerous attempts were then made over the next several hours to make contact with Kennison via phone and loud speaker, but those attempts did not yield a response. The HCSO SWAT Team then approached the residence to break a window in an attempt to gain a better visual into the home, at which time Kennison fired two more shots.

Contact was made with the Walton County SWAT Team, who responded to the scene with their gas grenade launcher so that gas could be deployed inside the home from a safe distance. While waiting for WCSO to arrive, the subject fired several more rounds.

Walton SWAT deployed several rounds of gas into the residence, and Kennison, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, eventually exited the home, at which time he was surrounded and taken into custody unharmed.

Sheriff John Tate commends the deputies for a job well done, stating he appreciates their efforts to help ensure the incident ended peacefully, without any injuries.

Sheriff Tate would also like to thank Sheriff Michael Adkinson and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office  for their assistance.