Solid execution ends Cordele standoff with no injuries

Solid execution ends Cordele standoff with no injuries

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Reginald Rainey remains in jail after barricading himself inside his house for more than 2 hours yesterday. Major Jeff Youngblood said those kinds of situations come up only about 3 or 4 times a year, but they have to be prepared for them so that they always end with no one injured.

On a peaceful day in Cordele, it's hard to imagine this house on 29th Avenue was surrounded by police cars. Reginald Rainey's son reflects on the argument between his parents that triggered the standoff.

"She went to her room and locked the door. I think she was in the bathroom and then he was still trying to get in the room and he got a hammer and just broke down the door and they started arguing again," said Christopher Rainey.

Once inside, Christopher Rainey says his father threatened his mom with a gun, who then called police. Almost instantly after Cordele police responded to the house, they requested help from the Mid South Special Response SWAT team.

"Once we got all that information we were able to develop a plan and put it into action," said Major Jeff Youngblood.

That plan is something they're well prepared for, and implemented right away.

"What we do anytime we have a barricaded suspect, our top priority is to try and contain him in a certain area so that person can't get out and hurt anyone in the neighborhood," said Youngblood.

Authorities then evacuated the entire neighborhood, before moving on to step number 2.

"Put officers on the ground around the house to keep him contained inside the residence and then establish contact with him and get out negotiators to talk with him. As all situations, we don't want anything to become violent," said Youngblood.

Luckily it didn't. Reginald Rainey surrendered just before 6 o'clock last night.. an outcome pleasing to all parties involved.

"I wasn't scared at all. I was just praying they wouldn't hurt my dad and that was it," said Christopher Rainey.

"Anytime we have a peaceful resolution, it's a great day," said Youngblood.

Count yesterday as one of those great days.

The Cordele Police Department is releasing more information on what led to the standoff Friday morning. Major Youngblood says Rainey never came outside with a gun, but there were guns inside.

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