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Standoff in South Georgia Ends

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE 3-22-2011 6:00 pm

"It's very shocking to see something like this happen."

Patricia Robinson was concerned when she walked outside her apartment to see snipers in her stairway, a swat team truck and police cars flooding the streets.

"While I was outside earlier I noticed that it was a couple of police surrounding the back of the building while the U.S. Marshall came and they had a standoff for a while," said Robinson.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says it received word that 23-year-old Christopher Wells and 23-year-old David Eason wanted in Ware County were hiding out in the Wood Stone Apartments in Lowndes County.

Authorities arrived on the scene at about 10:00 Tuesday morning and after hours of negotiating, law enforcement kicked the door in, broke the window and arrested both men.

Dressed in camouflage gear, snipers hid off in this stairway right across from where the suspects were hiding waiting for them to give up.

"They were considered dangerous. They were supposed to be armed and was not suppose to be taken alive," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine. "They made threats saying they would not be taken alive."

But in less than four hours both men were taken alive.

They're both being held at the Lowndes County Jail.

Sheriff Prine says Wells is a person of interest in an armed home invasion, robbery and aggravated assault case in Ware County.

Both men were arrested for parole violation and could face possible charges in Lowndes County.

Later Tuesday night or Wednesday both men will be transferred back to Ware County.
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UPDATE 3-22-2011 5:00 pm

Two Suspects wanted in Ware County, Georgia are now behind bars in Lowndes County after barricading themselves inside an apartment.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office says around 10 this morning, they attempted to arrest 23-year-old Christopher Wells and 23-year-old David Eason at Woodstone Apartments when the suspects said they weren't coming out alive.

Authorities blocked off the entire apartment complex for nearly four hours before kicking down the door and arresting the men. Residents say they thought the neighborhood was quiet until today.

Patricia Robinson witnessed the whole standoff and says, "I feel better now but now it's going to make more aware of what's going on in my surroundings."

There were active arrest warrants out for both men. Wells was a person of interest in an armed home invasion, robbery and aggravated assault case. Both men were arrested for parole violation and could face possible charges in Lowndes County.

NOTE: Pictures of the arrested men are attached.

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March 22, 2011 -- 1:18pm --

At around 10am, authorities in Valdosta, Georgia went to the Woodstone apartment complex to serve two arrest warrants for two individuals from Ware County, Georgia. Once authorities arrived, the two suspects inside the apartment stated that they would not be taken alive.

Other law enforcement agencies, including the Lowndes County SWAT team and U.S. Marshals, assisted with the standoff.

Authorities say the suspects were arrested around 12:45pm.

The arrest warrants were for Home Invasion and Aggravated Assault.

No other information is available at this time.

Eyewitness News has a reporter at the scene.

Stay with WCTV for details.


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