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Police identify Albany gunman in custody

William Spence Jr. William Spence Jr.
A man came out of a home and fired a shot at officers. A man came out of a home and fired a shot at officers.
One neighborhood resident actually spoke to the gunman. One neighborhood resident actually spoke to the gunman.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Police said they aren't sure why a man came out of a home and fired a shot at officers, leading to a chase and standoff.

It happened while officers were looking for stolen property in East Albany.

Officers, deputies, and a SWAT team responded to the area along Pine Bluff and Clark Avenue with guns drawn.

The gunman was identified as 30-year-old William Spence Jr.

"We have to make sure the public is safe at this point. It was obvious he had already discharged firearms toward police officers so the last thing we need is discharging it toward citizens or innocent bystanders," said Captain Tom Jackson, with Dougherty County Police.

And one neighborhood resident actually spoke to the gunman.

"He said, 'can you help me, I've done something stupid,' that's when I noticed he had a gun, and I said, 'okay,' and he said, 'can you call someone,' and I said, 'yeah I can call someone,'" recalled Alan Williams.

But he called police. And he managed to stay calm, but cautious at the same time.

Spence led officers near a wooded area where they spent the majority of their time trying to get him to turn himself in, because he had threatened to kill himself.

"We were actually able, with the Albany Police Department, one of their negotiators actually talked to him. And after talking to him over time, he conceded to surrendering himself," said Captain Tom Jackson.

Charges are pending with the investigation, and no injuries were reported.

Police said they would interview Spence after a mental health evaluation.

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