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Nearly six-hour standoff ends, woman facing charges

By Courteney Anderson, Producer, cbarnes@wcyb.com
Published On: Aug 20 2013 01:33:25 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 20 2013 04:54:54 PM CDT
MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. -

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: There are new facts available about a six-hour standoff - now Mount Carmel police say a woman faces charges.

A neighborhood on Oak Street is quiet today, but that wasn't the case Monday night. Officers say 54-year old Joy Cox got into a brawl with her sister over the care of their mother, who has Alzheimer's disease.

Mount Carmel police chief Mike Campbell explained what happened next -- "There was a confrontation between her, her sister and her brother-in-law, and that stemmed from her sister obtaining power of attorney over her mother."

Police say Cox fired nine shots from her handgun inside her home during the standoff that finally ended when she surrendered.

Cox was charged with attempted second degree murder, seven counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, domestic assault and possession of a handgun while being intoxicated.

She is being held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail.
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A nearly six-hour ordeal is now over and a woman is in custody after a standoff with Mount Carmel and Hawkins County authorities Monday night.

Mount Carmel Police Chief Mike Campbell tells News 5, Joy Cox is in custody after the standoff.

It all started around six o'clock at a home on Oak Street and ended shortly before midnight.  Police say the incident began as a domestic dispute between two women, but when an officer arrived at the home, they say, Cox pointed a handgun at him.

Chief Campbell says that officer was able to talk to her and get another resident out of the home, but that was just the beginning.

"The female that had assaulted the other lady barricaded herself in the home and we've had nearly a six-hour standoff," said Campbell.

That's when police called in extra help to get the situation under control.

"This lady did fire nine rounds inside the home since we've been here," said Campbell.  "The Hawkins County Sheriff's Department brought in swat team members and some negotiators and talked to her for hours.  There was communication back and forth.  She would be hostile one minute, then calm the next, shooting rounds inside the home."

Campbell says, thankfully, no one was hurt in the ordeal and Cox will get the help she needs.

"This lady is going to have to have some help.  There will be criminal charges, but we're all safe and going home tonight."