Residents on Triumph Way in Gahanna were awakened early Wednesday morning by members of the SWAT team surrounding the house at 344 Triumph Way.

Residents on Triumph Way in Gahanna were awakened early Wednesday morning by members of the SWAT team surrounding the house at 344 Triumph Way.

Gahanna Deputy Police Chief Ken Bell said the SWAT team was called in at about 4 a.m. Wednesday after a suspect wanted on warrants for domestic violence and assault returned to his home.

"We went to a lot of precautions to make sure everybody was safe," Bell said.

Officers initially were called to the home of Romell Whiteside, 37, of 344 Triumph Way, at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Whiteside was not at the house at that time so warrants were issued for his arrest on the two charges of domestic violence and assault. The female and children in the home had left the house, and officers patrolling the neighborhood later that night and into Wednesday morning noticed lights on inside. Bell said Whiteside's vehicle was found one street away, and Gahanna police surmised he was back at the home.

Because of Whiteside's previous history, Bell said, police called him out. When he refused to come out, the SWAT team was called in. Immediately after the SWAT team broke down the front door and threw in a phone, hoping Whiteside would negotiate with them, Bell said, Whiteside "gave up."

"It ended before we anticipated it would," Bell said.

Whiteside currently is in the Franklin County Jail. He is being charged with the two initial charges from the warrants: domestic violence and assault.