7-hour standoff ends peacefully in Wilkes County

News 12 @ 11 o'clock/ Sunday, August 18, 2014

Charles Reed (WRDW-TV)

WILKES COUNTY, Ga (WRDW) -- A nearly seven hour standoff ends peacefully Sunday night on Greensboro Road in Wilkes County.

Five different law enforcement agencies worked together to make it happen. Charles Reed is behind bars as of Sunday night after a call that started out as a domestic situation, deputies said.

Neighbors said they were shocked to find out who was inside the house and even more concerned after they found out what he was accused of.

This was not a sight Edward Jackson expected to see outside of his house today

"I saw all of the police cars and firetrucks and ambulances, a lot of action all day," Jackson said.

Taliaferro County, Wilkes County, Richmond County, the GBI and Georgia State Patrol SWAT Team all flooded his road.

"At first I thought it was just a fight or something, but later I learned it was a whole lot more than that," he said.

Around 12:30 this afternoon, Taliaferro deputies got a call about a domestic dispute. The caller said Charles Reed, her boyfriend, was trying to run her off the road after getting into a fight.

Deputies said Reed had run her off of the road and was trying to enter the car. At this time two armed witnesses approached the couple and Reed stopped. Then Taliaferro deputies approached and Reed took off. One of the deputies followed after Reed, but lost him after about three miles.

He then barricaded himself in his house, leaving everyone around feeling nervous

"Around this morning I heard a shot and I wasn't sure what it was," Jackson said.

"With him in there, already fired a shot, that tells me he's dangerous," Marc Richards, the Sheriff of Taliaferro County, said.

With no contact with Reed inside and no idea of his intentions, officers were forced to wait for SWAT to arrive and end the standoff. The SWAT team called three times for Reed to surrender using their Humvee, at which point he did.

A conclusion Richards says could have ended a whole lot sooner.

"He could have surrendered seven hours ago," Richards said.

Jackson's glad this long day ended without any injuries.

"I hate to see stuff happen like that and have a bad outcome," Jackson said.

So far, Reed has been charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and could face a number of other charges.

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