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Man in custody after Tifton standoff

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:19 PM EDT
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TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - Early Wednesday morning, the Tifton Police Department (TPD) responded to the 1000 block of Madison Avenue, in reference to an armed subject and a domestic dispute.

When they got there, they saw 38-year-old Zachary Bryant standing on the front porch with a gun in his hand.

Against the commands of officers, Bryant walked into the house and shut the door. Officers then heard two gunshots come from inside the house. Shots were not fired at the officers, and there were no injuries.

Then officers surrounded the house and created a perimeter.

TPD’s Assistant Chief Major Chris Griffin said they called Bryant on a cell phone. About 45 minutes later, he agreed to leave the gun in the house and come outside. Officers detained him, and he was transported to Tift Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. Assistant Chief Griffin said they did not arrest Bryant because of his mental state.

Bryant’s neighbor Latoya Jackson described what happened.

“Being in the house waking up at 4:00 a.m. to voices you know, and a standoff with the police you know, as well as hearing the gunshot and me having to put my three kids under the age of seven on the floor and crawl like we were in the military... it literally just terrified me to death” said Jackson.

Assistant Chief Griffin said Bryant could face reckless conduct and other charges.

The Tifton Police Department wants to thank the Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol for their assistance in this investigation.

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