Man arrested after holding girlfriend hostage in Woodstock apartment, police say

Woodstock police have arrested a man after a standoff during a reported hostage situation at an apartment complex early Monday morning.

Officials tell FOX 5 that Cherokee County Emergency Services received a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. about a situation at the Alta Ridgewalk Apartments in the area of Brandon Street and Ridge Trail.

The caller told operators that a woman was being held hostage at the complex by her boyfriend, who was armed with a gun.

Officers and SWAT Team members responded to the scene, sending out an alert to the community telling them to avoid the area until told that it is cleared. The area has since been reopened as of 9:30 a.m.

Officials say the officers attempted to talk to the man, but he refused to speak with negotiators. To ensure the victim was safe, SWAT Team members entered the apartment and took the man into custody.

Thankfully, officials say no one was injured in the standoff.

"The Woodstock Police Department acted quickly and decisively to resolve this volatile situation," stated Woodstock Police Chief Robert Jones. "Working with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to expediently bring this to a peaceful end."

The man, identified as William Scott Kirk, is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

If you have any information about the incident, contact the Woodstock Police Department.

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