Barricaded gunman inside home on Brown Thrush Rd taken into custody

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A barricaded gunman that was inside of a home on Brown Thrush Road was taken into custody overnight.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call of a person with a gun at Al Henderson Boulevard and Brown Thrush Road in the Henderson Golf Community around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night. While police were responding, they received information the man ran inside his home and refused to come out.

The armed suspect was identified as 53-year-old William Pipkorn. Officials say Pipkorn had threatened neighbors and then barricaded himself in his residence.

After several threats were made to responding officers, SWAT and the Hostage Negotiation Team were called to the scene. SCMPD's Eagle 1 helicopter and K9 units were also brought out to assist.

Officials say after several hours of negotiations, SCMPD SWAT deployed tear gas into the residence. Pipkorn was taken into custody around 1:30 a.m. with the assistance of SCMPD K-9 and no shots were fired during the incident.

"No shots were fired, residents may have heard some booms and some bangs, that was tear gas. There were no actual guns shot or anything fired by either side," said Sgt. Jason Pagliaro, SCMPD.

One officer suffered minor injuries during the response and is expected to be okay.

Pipkorn is charged with felony obstruction, criminal trespass, and two counts of terroristic threats. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. No one else was inside the home.

Anyone with information on this incident can contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing (912) 525-3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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