Police searching for suspect, Christopher Parrish, after hours-long standoff in Sapulpa

Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 09:24:33-05

SAPULPA, Okla. -- Sapulpa Police are searching for 33-year-old Christopher Parrish, a convicted felon, for domestic assault after an hours-long standoff.

Police say they responded to an apartment complex on McKinley Avenue and South Park Street before 4 p.m. Thursday.

Parrish's girlfriend told police Parrish beat her. She told officers Parrish was armed with a semi-automatic gun and that he barricaded himself inside his apartment.

According to police, the woman had facial injuries.

More than a dozen police officers launched gas canisters inside, giving Parrish warnings to come out.

In a video sent in by 2 Works for You viewer Greg Bigler, police can be heard saying, “Come out, unarmed, with your hands above your head and we can guarantee your safety. If you do not comply, we will begin police tactics and we cannot guarantee your safety from injury.”

After a few hours, police entered the apartment, but Parrish wasn’t inside.

"It's hard to say what's going on in someone's mind in a situation like this. You know they're desperate or despair or whatever or how they’re going to act. Most people you would expect to surrender peacefully to a police officer but we all know that doesn't happen,” said Sgt Stephen Zamudio with the Sapulpa Police Department.

Authorities checked the surrounding apartments and area, but were unable to locate Parrish.

Police say they will now submit paperwork to the district attorney in an effort to get a warrant for domestic assault.

Police are also asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information on Parrish’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sapulpa Police Department.

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