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11 hour stand off leads to arrest

BRINSON, GA (WALB) - Decatur County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic problem around 10:45 Saturday evening.

Investigators say 40-year-old Chad Braswell ordered six family members out of this home on Day Road. "Mr. Braswell was very upset over a matter involving the family and had used several firearms in the incident basically had ordered everybody away from the house," said Investigator Julian Crowder.

Deputies, investigators, and members of the Sheriff's Strategic Response Team responded to the home. "Our ERT unit was called out to the scene to try to establish contact with Mr. Braswell and also to kind of set up the perimeter," said Crowder.

After making contact by phone, investigators learned Braswell was armed with a high powered rifle. At that point, they moved everyone a half mile back from the scene.

Chief Investigator Chip Nix and family members communicated with Braswell a number of times before settling in for the night and maintaining surveillance.

On Sunday Morning, Nix and family members spoke with Braswell again via phone. Braswell surrendered around 10 Sunday morning without incident.

Investigators say Braswell was first taken to Bainbridge Memorial Hospital. "Basically we were requesting a mental evaluation. There had been some talk he would harm himself, but he was released from the hospital and turned over to us," said Crowder.

Investigators say they still are not sure why Braswell lost his temper. They will continue interviewing family members and other key witnesses.

Braswell is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and remains in the Decatur County Jail Monday.

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