Newton man taken to Phoebe after standoff

Newton man taken to Phoebe after standoff

BAKER CO., GA (WALB) - A Newton man has been taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after firing four shots at authorities.

Around 4 a.m. this morning Newton Police responded to a home alarm going off on Drennon Lane. When officials arrived on the scene a man whose name has not been released was standing in his front yard.

Authorities approached the man to see if everything was okay inside the home. That is when Baker County Sheriff, Dana Meade reported that he fired four shots. He then barricaded himself inside his home with his wife.

The Baker County Sheriff's Office, Newton Police Department, GSP, Mitchell and the Miller County Sheriff's Offices all responded to the scene and the standoff lasted about 4 hours. The man finally came out of his home after his children arrived and convinced him to exit the residence.

GSP says that the man was taken to Phoebe without incident. There have been no reports of injuries.

According to Sheriff Meade, he has a history of mental illness. Officials are still investigating the situation and no charges have been filed.

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