Fountain City man arrested after police standoff

Michael K. Santi (Knoxville Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Police Department negotiators were called in for a standoff in Fountain City.

At around 9:44 a.m., police said officers were trying to serve an aggravated assault warrant to Michael K. Santi, 49, at a house on Rennoc Road. Santi is accused of assaulting and strangling his live-in girlfriend until she passed out during an incident Tuesday.

Michael Santi (Knoxville County Sheriff’s Office)

Officers said they heard a noise similar to a shot fired from inside the house. Since officers knew Santi had access to weapons, negotiators and the Special Operations Squad were called in to help handle the situation.

When negotiators arrived, police said they attempted to talk to Santi, but did not receive a response. Finally, they entered the house and found Santi hiding in the attic. He was arrested without incident.

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