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.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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.

--------------------------------------------------

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.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Big Dick Location: tally on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    I would have granted them their wish
    • reply
      by boy country on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:46 AM in reply to Big Dick
      TRUE THAT !!!!!!
  • by x-st trooper Location: lowndes on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    glad the heros did not get any innosent people killed.
  • by IMHO on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    IMHO, David may be showing some remorse in his eyes, but, that other dude should be tested for competency to stand trial. Times are hard. Please know that I am not trying to justify their actions. They were wrong and need to be punished. For them, I hope the punishment lasts long enough to get them into a decent economy where they can find a job. For ME, and all other tax payers, it sucks we have to pay for more home and board for criminals.
  • by JHR Location: Florida on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:31 AM
    So,.... why did police not comply with their very macho public request...that is: to NOT be taken alive! Lets save some bucks next time; OK Officers?
    • reply
      by Me on Mar 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM in reply to JHR
      Ditto....
      • reply
        by SMITTY on Mar 22, 2011 at 01:36 PM in reply to Me
        10-4 ON THAT ONE
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 at 04:28 PM in reply to JHR
      Amen JHR, Reminds me of a Mother Goose and Grimm comic years ago. Mother Goose gets on Grimm for being mean to the pet bird and says, "Do something spiritual." Grimm grabs the bird by the throat and says, " Wanna meet God."
      • reply
        by OUCH! on Mar 22, 2011 at 05:57 PM in reply to
        and OUCH again!~
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    Looks like their home got invaded this time.
    • reply
      by LOL on Mar 22, 2011 at 11:27 AM in reply to
      That's pretty funny!
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 118443069 - wctv.tv/a?a=118443069
Gray Television, Inc.