It began Friday night. Police were called at 11:27 p.m. Friday with reports that a man was in the boy's mother's apartment with a gun demanding money following a disagreement. Gazaway is a friend of the family and not related to the boy.
Apartments evacuated. Police made contact with Gazaway at 11:38 p.m. Shots were fired inside shortly after, leading police to evacuate nearby apartments.
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Child used as human shield. Gazaway was using the child as a shield with a gun held to his neck. He took the boy to the apartment's garage and got in a car, where he stayed for some time.
Shots fired at police. Officials say Gazaway fired shots at police intermittently throughout the event but no one was hurt. Law enforcement did not return fire.
Regular communication. Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit credits the boy's safety to the negotiators who talked with Gazaway, keeping him calm and building rapport with him.
Weapon used. The type of firearm used is known by authorities but they are not disclosing the type at this time, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.