A father and son suspected of breaking into a motel room at Motel 6 Monday morning have been formally charged, Tuscaloosa police confirmed.

Wade Alan Christian, 43, and Carson Christian, 18, arrived at the motel on McFarland Boulevard East and proceeded to kick in the door of a first-floor motel room. They were immediately greeted by a Pit Bull, who attacked the son.

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A woman inside the room was able to get away in the attack. Wade pulled out a handgun and shot the dog before both of the men fled the scene.

Tuscaloosa Police were called to the scene at 7:23 a.m. after a 911 caller reported shots fired. When officers arrived, they found the Pit Bull in the parking lot that had been shot and killed.

The suspects barricaded themselves in separate rooms, beginning a standoff. Carson emerged from his room first and had multiple bite wounds. Wade refused to leave his room, which he had rented, until 11:30 a.m. after members of the Special Response Team deployed CS gas.

Both suspects were taken into custody after the nearly four-hour standoff Monday morning. They were both charged with first-degree burglary. TPD Chief Brent Blankley said  he expects more charges pending later in the investigation.

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