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Man surrenders after 5-hour barricade inside home

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Metro police and SWAT team members were called out to a home on Hillary Road late Sunday night.

Police responded to a call around 7:50 p.m. to a home on Hillary Road at Sand Road on Wilmington Island. Neighbors say a situation began a little before 7 p.m. 

An armed, suicidal man barricaded himself inside of his home, according to police.  

"We're in the process now trying to calm the situation down. We've surrounded the house and we're trying to negotiate with him to come on out. At this point nobody has been hurt, nobody else is in the house and we are taking all of that into consideration. The SWAT team is here and we have quite a few resources here to try and keep the neighborhood safe and to try and keep the gentlemen from hurting himself," said Public Information Officer of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, Julian Miller.

After hours of negotiations, SWAT brought a family member to the scene who was able to talk the man out of the home. The man surrendered to authorities shortly after midnight. Witnesses reported hearing 2 to 3 shots fired but it is believed the shots were fired only as a warning. Police did a sweep of the home and found several weapons inside.

No one was injured during the 5-hour ordeal. Police say this happened in a very populated neighborhood and there were lots of neighbors around concerned for their safety. No one was inside of the home with the armed man and it is unknown if anyone else lives at the home. The man did threaten to harm himself and others.

At this time, there is still no word if any charges will be filed. Authorities continue to investigate.

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