Neighbors react to Saturday's standoff on E. Gwinnett St. - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Neighbors react to Saturday's standoff on E. Gwinnett St.


The man police say shot himself during a standoff in Savannah over the weekend is getting better. According to Memorial University Medical Center, Steven Spann is in fair condition.

Rachel Nedles was home when SWAT team members showed up to a standoff just a few houses down on the 700 block of East Gwinnett Street Saturday night.

"The cops really wouldn't tell us too much of anything except that it was dangerous and that we should probably stay in the house," said Nedles.

According to police, a relative called 911 and said 58-year-old Steven Spann was in his appartment with a rifle and was threatening family members.

Patrol officers, SWAT and Crisis Intervention showed up to help. Police say Stevens agreed to surrender, but had shot himself just before.

Some family members tell WTOC they think officers handled the situation poorly, but neighbors say they were thankful for the police protection.

"I was glad the cops were here. It made me pretty nervous, especially with it being right down the street. There was kids walking up and down the street with that going on," said Nedles.

Violent crimes detectives are still investigating this case.

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