Albany standoff suspect named, refuses first appearance

Albany standoff suspect named, refuses first appearance

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Investigators named the man who surrendered to officers after an hours-long standoff.

According to officials, 24-year-old Solomon Johnson was taken into custody after five hours.

He refused a first appearance hearing before a judge Wednesday morning, and has been inside a holding cell at the Dougherty County Jail.

Solomon had barricaded himself inside a home when the standoff began.

A SWAT team forced their way into the front of a home in the 700 block of Warrior Court as darkness began to fall.

"He would not listen to commands by the SWAT team, so that's when they deployed tasers," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Ken Faust. "They did take him into custody."

Neighbor Cathy Rush said it all started Monday night when Johnson, in the nude, attacked her son getting out of her car.

"My son apparently left the keys in the ignition, and that gave the gentleman the opportunity to grab the keys and run to his home," Rush said.

Johnson told Deputies he had a gun and threatened them as they were serving a mental arrest warrant at noon Tuesday.

He then called 911, threatening to blow up the area.

That's when SWAT was called in, and negotiators and family members tried for hours to talk Johnson into giving up.

He was taken into custody and led out of the house without incident.

"I'm very happy that nobody got hurt. And hopefully my neighbor can get the help that he needs," said Rush.

Officers said no one, including Johnson, was hurt. He is expected to be transferred to a mental health facility for treatment.

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