Standoff in Wayne Co. ends without injuries

Standoff in Wayne Co. ends without injuries
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man was arrested Tuesday night following a brief lockdown at a Covington Walmart. (Source: WVUE)

WAYNE COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - An 8-hour standoff ended without any injuries, according to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

The standoff happened Sunday near Chapman Plantation and Buck Street. Chief Deputy Ray Washington said law enforcement started working the standoff at 3 p.m.

The standoff began shortly after deputies responded to a call on Laxton Road. Residents claim a man was threatening them with a weapon before leaving the scene in a white vehicle.

A deputy spotted the suspect’s car at a gas station, and saw the man putting a can of gasoline into his car. The suspect, identified as Jeffrey Townsend, fled and led deputies to his home on Buck Street. Townsend barricaded himself inside of his home. Gas canisters were fired into the home after several failed attempts to get Townsend to come out. Townsend fired at the deputies, who responded with more gas.

Townsend surrendered to the deputies at 11:13 p.m. He was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer, fleeing attempt to elude a police officer, and obstruction of officers. Further charges are pending.

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