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Trooper fires taser to end standoff of man with gun

Lee County deputies found Dean, driving with his daughter in the car and a chase followed. Lee County deputies found Dean, driving with his daughter in the car and a chase followed.
After more than an hour, authorites were able to tase Dean and take him into custody. After more than an hour, authorites were able to tase Dean and take him into custody.
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

One man is in jail after pursuit that led to a standoff.

Officials used a stun gun on a man who had been holding a gun to his head.

Homeowner Russell Lewis said it happened Tuesday morning when his son spotted 45 year-old Robert Dean inside a Toyota Camry on Cook Road.

"My son confronted him down Cook Road and he took a shot at him," said Lewis. "He told him to put the little girl down. My son recognized him and the little girl."

That little girl is Dean's five-year-old daughter.

The girl's mother and Dean's wife is Russell Lewis' cousin. Lewis said those two live near Athens, but his cousin and the child had recently been staying with them.

"I actually thought he was a good fella," said Lewis. "That's been some time back. That's before they started having problems, or that I knew they were having problems."

Lee County deputies found Dean, driving with his daughter in the car and a chase followed.

"It led to.. 521 Philema Road North, where his wife was able to get the child out of the vehicle and then it was him by himself," said Chief Lewis Harris with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies quickly surrounded Dean, who was seen sitting on the hood of a Camry.

"He was holding a gun to himself. It was an isolated incident. It was just him and law enforcement," said Harris.

After more than an hour, authorities were able to tase Dean and take him into custody.

The trooper who fired the taser said he took the shot as soon as Dean put the gun down to rack it, and that might have been his only opportunity.

Dean was handcuffed and put in an ambulance to be taken to the hospital to be evaluated, then to the Lee County Jail.

Georgia State Patrol troopers, Lee County code enforcement officers and Lee County Sheriff's deputies all worked together to bring Dean into custody.

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