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09/20/07

Standoff Ends Peacefully

A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Wednesday night when Savannah-Chatham police took an armed woman into custody just after midnight.

Police say about 9pm, 59-year-old Shirley McGowan got into an argument with her boyfriend and fired three shots into the front door of his nearby home.  He was not injured.  McGowan then went to her home at Old Grove Point Road and Highway 17 and refused to come out.

SWAT Officers and hostage negotiators eventually tossed a cell phone through a window in an effort to talk with McGowan.  The crash of the breaking glass caused her to run out the back door and into the hands of officers.  A search of her house turned up two guns and police say she was intoxicated.

She was first taken to Memorial Health for an evaluation then to the Chatham County Jail where she faces charges including possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Reported by: Steven Shoob, sshoob@wtoc.com

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