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Screven County couple face charges after standoff

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Mitch Lee Mitch Lee
SYLVANIA, GA (WTOC) -

Screven County sheriff's investigators have charged a husband and wife after an argument turned to an armed standoff with sheriff's deputies.

Sheriff Mike Kile said Mitch and Shannon Lee both face possession of methamphetamine. The husand also faces charges of false imprisonment, terroristic threats and several firearm charges.

Kile said the couple admitted they were arguing Thursday night at the Plantation Road home in Northern Screven County. Kile said Shannon Lee claimed her husband took up a rifle and held her in the home at gunpoint, then fled into nearby woods.

Sheriff's deputies, and later a Georgia State Patrol SWAT team, rushed there to search for the man and the standoff in the darkened woods lasted roughly three hours.

During that time, the husband's sister contacted Sheriff Kile and arrainged for her brother to surrender to Kile there just after 11:30 p.m.

Sheriff Kile said cases of domestic violence increase during this time of the year.

"It's the holidays," he said Thursday night. "People have more pressure on them. You have drinking, drug use which is at the heart of this case."

Both remain in jail awaiting a bond hearing.

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