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Independence Honors SWAT Team That Responded to Domestic Hostage Situation

The City of Independence honored the SWAT team at its regularly-scheduled city council meeting on Monday night after it diffused a dangerous standoff situation in late August in Independence.

Mayor Chris Reinersman presented the SWAT team, which serves Kenton and Campbell Counties, with a proclamation to thank and honor its members for protecting the citizens in a “highly unfortunate situation.”

On the night of August 24, the Independence Police Department was called to a home on Calvary Road in Independence for a “domestic dispute.”

Christopher Bridges, a convicted felon, attempted to force a woman into her car. After she ran into her home and locked the door, Bridges kicked the door down and held her hostage.

After negotiations began with the SWAT team, the woman was released that night with non-life threatening injuries. A gunshot was heard and Bridges was found dead in the home.

Reinersman also presented the nine officers involved in the situation with their own copy of the proclamation and posed for a picture outside.

After the presentations, Reinersman also recognized the Independence Police Department that first responded to the incident, which happened during a special meeting of the city council.

Other notes:

Council approved two bids for the distribution, production, and sale of electric energy in the city of Independence, one from Owen Electric and the other from Duke Energy. Council also approved a gas resolution to award Duke Energy the right to produce, distribute, and sell natural gas for energy in the city of Independence.

Reinersman issued an executive order, approving Councilman Lucas Deaton to the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky.

The meeting lasted 31 minutes, three minutes longer than the Sept. 14 meeting, which lasted 28 minutes.

Written by Clayton Castle, RCN contributor