COVINGTON, Ga. - A nearly 8-hour long standoff came to a peaceful end as Wednesday evening police fired tear gas into the home in which a suspect had barricade himself.
It started around 2 p.m. at a home on off of Emory Street at West Street. Covington police said they notifying the parents after catching a couple of juveniles breaking into a home. When they got to the house to make contact, they saw four men outside.
“There were three males in the yard. Two took off running and one was taken into custody. One of the males that took off running, we found that he was armed and also had a warrant for his arrest. There were also some stolen guns and drugs found in the area where they were standing,” said Officer Allan Seebaran, Covington Police Department.
Police said the fourth man, Jody Allen Reid, 30, ran into the home of a nearby friend and refused to come out.
Friends gathered near the home hoping for a peaceful outcome to the situation.
They eventually made entry into the home and took him into custody. Police confirm Reid had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Newton County Jail records indicate Reid has been arrested at least twice within the last few years.
Police said they charged Reid with theft by receiving, possession of a firearm during a felony, possession of drug related objects, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and obstruction.
Police identified two of the other men as Chad Davis, 31, and Anthony Underwood, 42. Both are being charged with possession of drug related objects, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm. Underwood has additional charges of possession of methamphetamine, obstruction, and giving false name.
Initially, police reported only three men, but officers later said a fourth man was also at the address. His name has not yet been released, but police said they are pursuing warrants against the man.
Investigators said they found three guns at the Odum Street home from where the men fled; one of those guns was confirmed to be stolen out of Suwanne. Police have not yet determined who owned the other two firearms. Officers said they also found a silver Hyundai reported stolen in Clayton County at the home.
It was not immediately known if the weapons, car, or men are connected to any other crimes in the area.
Police said the incident involving the juveniles which spurred the series of events into motion happened on Crestview Street. Investigators said one of the juvenile is a family member and the other a friend. Investigators said the burglary was not random. The two juveniles are facing charges for criminal trespass and possession of marijuana. They have been turned over to the juvenile court.
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