Police release new details, photos of man at center of barricade

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — Law enforcement officials in Arkansas worked to bring a peaceful end to a tense situation after a man barricaded himself inside a home with his two children, Helena-West Helena Chief of Police James Smith told FOX13.

Timothy McNeely, 37, surrendered to officers without incident after 14 hours Sunday morning.

McNeely, who is a convicted felon, was charged with Aggravated Assault upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree.

Around 9:30 Saturday night, officers responded to the 300 block of Neill Road in Helena-West Helena.

McNeely was outside the home making threats, police said.

When officers arrived, McNeely fired shots at them and took his two children, ages 7 and 9, inside the home.

After several attempts by officers to have McNeely to allow the children to leave the residence, McNeely fired shots through the door of the home. A perimeter was setup around location along with streets by the Helena-West Helena Police Department.

No officers were injured, and they did not return fire because the children were with the suspect.

The suspect and kids remained barricaded inside the house until about 11:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

Arkansas State Police and SWAT were called in and able to end the situation peacefully, Chief Smith said.

Helena-West Helena Police released this photo of the items that were seized from McNeely’s residence during the service of a search warrant.