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Father asks for eviction notice to be served on son, sparking standoff with police

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A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday
A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday
A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday
A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday
A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday A standoff ensued after deputies went to serve a warrant in North County Wednesday
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A standoff suspect surrendered after members of a SWAT unit moved an armored vehicle in front of the North County home the man was holed up in Wednesday.

The standoff began when deputies with the St. Louis Sheriff's Office went to serve an eviction notice around 11 a.m.

William Berkley, 32, fell behind on rent and his father, who owns the property, asked for an eviction notice to be served.

"I wanted to have him served to show him I was real about, hey you need to keep up your end and that's basically it," the elder Berkley told News 4. "They weren't supposed to come over here and shoot up his dogs."

When deputies approached the suspect's home, located in the 10400 block of Hobkirk in North County, two pit bull dogs ran towards them. A deputy fired his gun and struck both of the dogs. 

"He let the dogs out to go to the bathroom," said Misty Bell, girlfriend of the suspect. "I heard two gun shots go off...and the dogs came up with blood pouring out of their face."

After seeing the dogs get shot, the suspect made threats to the officers, according to police.

Berkely had a warrant out for his arrest for unlawful use of a weapon, police said, and the deputies feared he could be armed. They moved back to a safe position to call for backup.  The deputies then contacted St. Louis County Dispatch and requested more officers.

According to police, a second person came out of the home safely before a tactical team took positions.

The suspect exited the home shortly after the second person left the home.

Investigators are working to determine whether the dogs were intentionally released to chase off the deputy. After the incident, they were taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment. 
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