JEFFERSON, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A standoff with a wanted man who was barricaded in the attic of a home ended early Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson with officers taking the man in custody.
The incident began at around 6:30 a.m. at the home on Mahaffey Street and Railroad Avenue.
The family renting the home said they saw the man come in through their front door and run into the attic.
A short time later, officers with the Jefferson Police Department and the Hall County SWAT team arrived at the house.
They were able to get the family of three adults and two children outside safely.
That started a standoff that lasted for hours, with armed officers surrounding the home.
At around noon, witnesses saw officers fire tear gas into the home, and quickly take the suspect into custody.
Jefferson Police Chief Joseph Wirthman told FOX 5’s Aungelique Proctor the unidentified suspect was wanted on four felony warrants.
According to Wirthman, police were concerned about safely arresting the man because he had pushed a detective who recently tried to arrest him.
Officers took the unidentified man to the Jackson County Jail after his arrest.
James Lancaster, who is renting the home with his family, said he was with the suspect two days ago when they rode together to a local junkyard, but wasn’t aware that police had warrants for his arrest.