Standoff at Port Wentworth apartment ends without incident

Crime & Safety

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) – After three hours, a standoff at Rice Creek Apartments in Port Wentworth ended peacefully Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrived around noon to transport a man to Georgia Regional Hospital, a facility that cares for individuals who are mentally ill or living with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

The man barricaded himself, refusing to come out of his apartment and threatening officers. A CCSO spokeswoman said the individual was “considered a danger to others and has access to firearms.”

Residents were asked to shelter in place and the public was urged to avoid Rice Creek Apartments. The Port Wentworth Police Department also responded to the scene to assist.

After a few hours, a SWAT team used tear gas to get the man out of his home without incident.

“We try to use nonlethal as much as possible, obviously, and we always want to end an incident peacefully with no harm to anyone,” said Parla Parker with CCSO.

The man has been transported to Georgia Regional Hospital.

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