Elsberry man charged in standoff in O’Fallon MO

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(KPLR) – An Elsberry man is facing multiple charges after a long standoff with police.  45-year-old William Pennington was taken into custody Sunday night after nearly a nine-hour standoff at a home on Cordes Street, north of I-70 off Main Street.

Police were called there yesterday for a domestic disturbance. Officers entered the home after gaining permission from the owner of the home. Officers then evacuated the residence after confirming the suspect had an active warrant for sexual assault sodomy from Johnson County Missouri and that he may be armed.

A SWAT team was called in and a K-9 was deployed to find the Pennington in the residence. The K-9 located Pennington in the basement and attempted to take down the suspect but was rebuffed by Pennington. The K-9 was injured in the altercation and was eventually released to officers after negotiations. The K-9 Talos was taken away for treatment to his injures by a veterinarian.

Pennington surrendered to police just after 10:30 pm Sunday night. No firearms were located in the home and Pennington was conveyed to a hospital for treatment to dog bites

Pennington has been charged with apprehension of immed serious physical 2nd degree, resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, and assault on a police animal. His bond has been set at $50,000 bond.