MERIDIAN-- Police have fired about a half dozen smoke grenades into a home on Idaho Street where officers have been involved in a standoff for several hours with a possible armed robbery suspect.
Dozens of officers have surrounded the home on Idaho Street near Meridian Road. Several rounds of tear gas were fired into the house around 4 p.m.
So far, no contact has been made with the man inside who is believed to be connected to two armed robberies earlier this week at Subway restaurants in Meridian.
A bomb robot is now on its way to the scene. It has a camera mounted on it and will allow police to see inside the home.
Police are taking extra precautions to keep the public safe. Several nearby homes have been evacuated. A SWAT Team is on scene.
The Boys and Girls Club, which is nearby, was put on lockdown. All doors have been locked. Parents can drop kids off, but none of the children are being allowed to leave the facility.
Also, Meridian Elementary School went what school district officials called a soft lockdown. That means their front doors are locked and they kept students in the building. The students were released on schedule at 3:45 p.m. School buses are running on schedule. Children that normally walk home from school must be picked up by a parent.
Meridian Road remains closed between Broadway and Pine Avenue. Idaho Avenue is closed in front of the old city hall.
NewsChannel 7 has a crew at the scene. Check back for updates.