GARDEN CITY, Ga. (WSAV) — The Georgia Burea of Investigation (GBI) says a Savannah man was responsible for an hours-long standoff in Garden City Monday morning.
GBI says 25-year-old Joseff Smith barricaded himself inside a tractor trailer in a parking lot and exchanged gunfire with The Garden City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
According to Garden City Police Chief Gilbert Ballard, officers responded to the scene around 8 a.m. on Commerce Boulevard near Dean Forest Road.
Officials say no one was badly injured, but the Smith was taken to a hospital for evaluation. He was then taken to the Chatham County Jail where he awaits charges.
Police said the suspect was trying to get inside of a work vehicle, then locked himself inside when someone tried to stop him.
“We just ask that you use patience. And be smart about where they are at and not getting too involved,” said Gilbert Ballard, the Garden City Police Chief. “We did have individuals that tried to get too close to the scene and then we had to use our resources to back them away.”
SWAT eventually fired tear gas into the tractor-trailer to force Smith out.
This is a developing story. Stay with WSAV News 3 for updates.