Suspect surrenders to WLBT Anchor

Published: Jan. 21, 2012 at 2:38 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM CST
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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - After an all-night stand-off with police turned into a search for a Madison County man, he turned himself in not to authorities, but to WLBT's Bert Case.

Lawmen first thought 57-year-old Rodney Hill was holed up in his home north of Canton, but Hill had slipped out and hid in a wooded area behind the house. Hill says he slipped out of the house as deputies began to arrive Thursday about 3:30 p.m.

About 11:40 Friday morning, outside Rodney Hill's home north in Madison County, Hill was arrested.

Hill was the subject of a massive manhunt after he threatened a neighbor with a gun a day earlier. The house at the corner of Davis Crossing and Way Roads was the focal point of a standoff involving multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that started Thursday afternoon.

A few minutes before his arrest Friday, Hill surrendered to WLBT Senior Anchor Bert Case and Chief Videographer Jim Duncan.

"Well, I thought I was being set up, I didn't believe this was really happening. He said I need help. He proceeded to tell me what had happened and that he'd spent the night in the woods," said Case.

After realizing the man was actually who he said he was, Duncan told another WLBT videographer to call police.

"What was going through my mind is how am I going to keep him talking until we get the sheriff on the scene to make the arrest, that's what I was worried about. I was afraid he would stop talking and, you know, who knows what would have happened if he had stopped talking," Case added.

Case says in his 48-year career, this was a first.

"I had an old friend of mine who I've known since the first grade, Bill Harvey, send me an email this afternoon. He said congratulations Elliot Ness, Kirk Fordice would have been proud of you," Case said.

Authorities say Hill was booked at the Madison County Detention Center then taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

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