ALLENHURST, Ga. (WSAV) — A 7-hour standoff in Allenhurst ended in gunfire and the suspect has died as authorities moved in to end it Saturday afternoon.
According to Liberty County Sheriff, William Bowman, the standoff — which began as a hostage situation when deputies went to investigate a domestic dispute on the 100 block of Maggie Lane. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating whether the death was by a self-inflicted gunshot wound or by police.
When deputies arrived the suspect had let two of his children and a friend of the children go but continued to hold his wife hostage. After several hours of negotiations with the man, they were able to assist in the wife’s escape when she jumped from a second-story window onto a trampoline the officers used to break her fall.
The standoff between the police continued on for several more hours with the man at times threatening to shoot his wife’s service dog and the police if they attempted to enter the home. Police in tactical gear surrounded the house ending the standoff when they employed a flash grenade and tear gas into the front door and a side window.
At one point gunfire erupted and it is not known if the suspect shot himself or was injured by gunfire returned by the police. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations says an autopsy will be performed on Monday.
Bowman said the man was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville where his condition is unknown.