Knightdale man charged following standoff in Wendell

jwhitfield@newsobserver.comNovember 1, 2013 

— A Knightdale man held police at bay for 90 minutes Saturday night after he retreated into an apartment after being approached by officers.

Witnesses reported a man, later identified as Richard Gardner Ennis, 50, of 510 Sallinger St., Knightdale, carrying a rifle in the Cedarfield Apartment complex about 7:45 p.m. Oct. 26.

Wendell police responded to the call at 803 Cedarfield Court where they saw Ennis. When officers approached him, he ran back into the apartment at 803 Cedarfield Court, just off Industrial Drive and Wendell Boulevard, and barricaded himself inside.

According to Wendell police Chief Bill Carter, officers called for help and got responses from the Zebulon police department, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Wendell Fire Department and Eastern Wake EMS.

Carter said officers worked to establish communications with Ennis and when he finally responded the 90-minute-long incident began to draw to a close. About 9:15 p.m., Ennis came out of the apartment and surrendered without incident.

Emergency personnel detoured traffic on Wendell Boulevard during the incident as a safety precaution, putting a halt to the flow of traffic on the town’s busiest thoroughfare.

Carter said Wake County sheriff’s deputies took on the primary role of negotiating with Ennis once they arrived at the scene.

Ennis is no stranger to police. He was arrested in Zebulon last May when police captured him as he attempted to rob the First Citizens Bank. He was caught in that incident before he left the bank.

Ennis has convictions on several other counts dating to 2005, when he was convicted of assault on a female, violating a protective order and communicating threats.

Ennis remained in the Wake County jail without bail as of Wednesday. He is charged with second-degree burglary, burning of personal property, possession of burglary tools, communicating threats, injury to personal property and resisting arrest.


Whitfield: 919-829-4823; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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