The Standoff Situations topic page offers a variety of tactical tips and strategic concepts to make sure the innocents are spared, the subject is secured, and the officers go home safely. When a suspect is barricaded in place, many things must happen for a successful resolution, such as setting up outer and inner perimeters, and making contact with the subject.
A 5-year-old boy diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome was trapped in a homemade underground bunker for a week after Jimmy Lee Dykes killed the boy's bus driver and fled to his hideaway with the child. Officials and FBI tirelessly negotiated with the man and provided medical attention to the boy as the days wore on, until negotiations finally deteriorated and police took action, rescuing the boy and killing the abductor.
Police planned for the possibility that an armed hostage taker might take action before the arrival of SWAT — they prepared and practiced a rescue plan while waiting for the team to arrive. - Full Story