SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WTOC) - A man is in custody after a standoff Friday morning in Effingham County.
According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 100 block of Cornelia Court just after 2 a.m. for a welfare check. As they attempted to make contact with the subject, shots were fired through the door and deputies returned fire. They say the suspect, Karl Jarlbrink, barricaded himself inside his home.
Deputies immediately moved area residents out of harm’s way, and the Special Response Team was called to the scene to assist.
The sheriff’s office says non-lethal gas was deployed for several hours in an attempt to bring Jarlbrink out of the home. Finally, after non-lethal rounds were fired, Jarlbrink was removed from the home and taken into custody.
“He shot up a house across the road into a two-story section of it. One of the bullets went into the headboard of the child that was laying in the bed. Had she been in a different situation to where she was at, she could have been struck by one of the bullets,” said Effingham County Sheriff, Jimmy McDuffie.
Sheriff McDuffie says they rarely have instances like this in Effingham, so their biggest concern was the safety of people living in the area.
“He hit our patrol car, a couple houses, a fence. We were in excess of 39 shots that he fired during this entire volley,” the sheriff said. “Those bullets that he was shooting are high-powered bullets. They went through the walls, into the house, into other walls. The houses that we couldn’t vacate and get everybody out of, we actually had those get in the bathtub or get in the backside of the house, or out on the back way on the opposite side of where the shots were coming from.”
Justin Saputo lives right across the street. He caught it all on camera.
“It was about 2, 2:15 in the morning. I was dead asleep in my bed, and it sounded like somebody was basically doing construction right outside of my bedroom window,” he said.
Though he says fear wasn’t on his mind at the moment, it still put him in a state of shock after nearly two years of living in the area.
“After about seven-and-a-half years in the Army, you kind of learn what gunshots sound like, especially if you’ve been deployed,” Saputo said. “Fear wasn’t really there in my mind. I was more worried, concerned for the people in the neighborhood, especially the ones that were living closer to the shooting.”
Sheriff McDuffie credits the neighborhood for cooperating in a very dangerous situation.
“The neighborhood really came together and helped us. When we asked people to vacate their homes, they immediately left for us.”
A judge denied Jarlbrink bond at his first appearance in court. Deputies say he is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault and reckless conduct, and more charges could be pending against him.