- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - More than 80 people turned themselves in to police as part of a Fugitive Safe Surrender event in Nashville.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1F9fFFf) reports the 86 people who surrendered at a local Baptist church during the Friday and Saturday event were named in a total of 133 outstanding warrants.

According to police, only five had to be detained: three for outstanding warrants in other counties, one on a felony drug conspiracy indictment, and another for domestic assault.

Officials say about 100 volunteers assisted in transforming the church into a courthouse with three courtrooms and offices for the district attorney and public defender.

In addition, a total of 61 firearms were turned in as part of a Gift Cards for Guns initiative at the church. People received $50 MAPCO gift cards in exchange for unwanted firearms.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said the event wouldn’t have been possible “without the mutual support and trust between the police department and Nashville’s clergy.”

“I am gratified that the community recognized this was a special opportunity for wanted persons to clear up outstanding warrants and stop looking over their shoulders for the benefit of themselves and their families,” Anderson said.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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