Valdosta man arrested for pointing, firing gun

Valdosta man arrested for pointing, firing gun

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta man remained behind bars Friday after causing a standoff with police Thursday evening.

Police said 37 year old Cory Spikes was arguing with 37 year old Lorenda Allen outside his home at 3018 Amy Cir. just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

Police said Spikes eventually pointed a rifle at Allen. Allen tried to take it away from him, but he fired the rifle and then locked himself inside his home with two more rifles.

"He discharged the rifle several times. Luckily, no one was injured. Negotiators and investigators showed up. Negotiators were able to talk him out of the residence without incident and he was placed under arrest,"explained Valdosta Police Department Lt. Aaron Kirk.

Friday, Spikes was charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, and tampering with evidence.

The Valdosta Police Department issued this release-

On March 12, 2015 at approximately 6:00 pm, the Valdosta Police Department responded to 3018 Amy Circle in reference to a domestic dispute where a gun had been shot multiple times. 

When officers arrived on scene, a white male, later identified as Cory Spikes, was observed running into the residence and would not come out. Officers were told that he had two rifles in his possession. 

Detectives and Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene. The victim, Lorenda Allen, reported that she and Spikes had gotten into an argument and during the argument Spikes grabbed a rifle and pointed it at her. Allen and Spikes wrestled over the rifle, which resulted in Spikes discharging the rifle multiple times inside the home in a reckless manner endangering the safety of Allen. 

Officers evacuated surrounding residences and set up a perimeter. After receiving verbal commands from negotiators, Spikes exited the residence and was taken into custody without incident. Both rifles were recovered and no one was injured.

 Spikes was interviewed by detectives and he was transported to Lowndes County Jail. Detectives will be presenting arrest warrants for one count Aggravated Assault, one count of Reckless Conduct, and one count of Tampering with Evidence.

After the incident Chief Brian Childress stated, "Once again officers and detectives calmly ended a standoff and I am proud of them."

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