FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. - After a tense daylong standoff, authorities said they were able to take a man into custody with just minor injuries in Forsyth County.
Families were kept out of their homes on Prestwyck Court near McGinnis Ferry Road for most of the day.
Channel 2’s Michael Seiden was at the scene all day Tuesday as SWAT teams from around the area worked to talk the man out of the townhome.
Investigators said the incident began when the suspect called 911 around 9 a.m., claiming that someone had broken into his house in the Whittington Townhomes community.
At some point during that call for help, dispatchers heard the sound of gunfire and that triggered a response from the SWAT team.
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“The caller who called 911 wasn’t making a lot of sense over the phone. We heard shots fired during that 911 call and that caused the Sheriff’s Office to respond,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said.
When authorities arrived at the home, the suspect refused to come outside. He fired his gun on three separate occasions, the sheriff said.
“That individual appears to be either under the influence of alcohol or drugs or possibly a mental health issue,” Freeman told Seiden.
Dozens of families left their homes and stood in the heat for seven hours as negotiators tried to convince their neighbor to surrender.
“I didn’t know what was happening. I came downstairs and saw SWAT trucks,” neighbor Kayla Cowart told Seiden.
Kayla’s mother, Fawne Cowart, said she rushed home to make sure her daughter was OK.
“I raced home so that, No. 1, I could get to her. Even though she’s an adult, she’s my kid and I had to get to her,” Fawne Cowart said.
Shortly after 4 p.m., after using robots and tear gas, the SWAT team made the decision to go inside and arrest the suspect.
Late in the afternoon, Seiden reported that pieces of the broken windows and other debris remain in the yard from when the SWAT team stormed the home.
The 42-year-old suspect, who lived in the home, was treated for minor injuries, including a dog bite from a K-9 unit that helped arrest him.
He is expected to be brought up on multiple charges, including aggravated assault.
A MINUTE-BY-MINUTE LOOK AT THE STANDOFF:
FCSO SWAT and North Fulton SWAT just entered the house. Subject in custody.— ForsythCountySO (@ForsythCountySO) August 14, 2018
No official word yet, but we just heard the sound of a flash bang. Live report at 4pm— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
The Forsyth County Schools are making arraignments for the kids affected by the street closures to pick up their kids at the respected schools— ForsythCountySO (@ForsythCountySO) August 14, 2018
***UPDATE: 3:05 p.m.*** The only streets that are currently blocked in Whittington are Prestwyck Court and Annazanes Court where they connect to Bendleton Trace. All other residents are free to come back to your homes.— ForsythCountySO (@ForsythCountySO) August 14, 2018
Sheriff Ron Freeman says they’re dealing w/ a 42-year-old man who is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. He said that the suspect has already fired shots on three separate occasions. Deputies are asking residents to leave their homes while negotiations continue .— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
Channel 2's Michael Seiden just got a picture from a neighbor of officers at the scene of SWAT standoff.
A neighbor captured this image before police asked him to leave his home. pic.twitter.com/DmsPOWXuC2— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says their crisis team remains at the scene of SWAT standoff
FCSO has no additional information at this time. Our crisis negotiation team is on scene attempting to make contact again. pic.twitter.com/6Lit5KnDBd— ForsythCountySO (@ForsythCountySO) August 14, 2018
.@JasonDurdenWSB is keeping a close eye from the sky on this developing SWAT situation in Forsyth County. Law enforcement has descended on a townhome, where earlier today a man claimed he was being held hostage. pic.twitter.com/ZBSITPXBZD— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
“Shocked” & “Terrified”— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
Those are some of the words residents used when we asked them about the ongoing SWAT standoff in their Forsyth County townhome community.
A spokesman for Forsyth County says they have “no plans of going in “ at this point. They went this to come to a peaceful end without any harm done to the man or their deputies.— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
We’re following a developing situation in Forsyth County , where the SWAT team is negotiating w/ a man who claims he’s being held “against his own will.” Investigators aren’t sure if he’s in danger but there have been reports of gunshots.— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
19-year-old resident says she was about to walk her dog when she found herself in the middle of a SWAT situation. In the last half hour, she was reunited with her mother. pic.twitter.com/f7fUbgnQF4— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
We’ve been watching this Forsyth County SWAT situation for a while now. I won’t show any pics or live shots of what the officers are doing but getting incredible video we’ll be able to show on @wsbtv once the situation is resolved. @SeidenWSBTV is on scene. pic.twitter.com/GFQWUl1Kk7— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) August 14, 2018
#breaking— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is at the scene of a SWAT standoff. Right now , they’re trying to convince a man to come out of his townhome. There were initial reports of gunshots. They aren’t sure if anyone else is inside the townhome.
This is the moment a teenager and her mom were reunited during a SWAT situation in Forsyth County. pic.twitter.com/iSESj1Xshj— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
An emotional reunion for a mother and her 19-year-old daughter after they’re reunited during SWAT situation in Forsyth County pic.twitter.com/oo6XVFIxDT— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
Just met a woman who told me that her 19-year-old is home alone right now and watching the standoff from her window. She told her mom that she can hear ongoing negotiations between police and suspect.— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
just arrived at SWAT standoff in Forsyth County. We’re working to get the latest information from authorities. Live reports starting at NOON pic.twitter.com/9tBco9FoJB— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) August 14, 2018
FCSO is currently on a SWAT situation in the Whittington Townhome community in south Forsyth. pic.twitter.com/dqKIx4AUwM— ForsythCountySO (@ForsythCountySO) August 14, 2018
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