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GSP swat team heads from Columbus to North Georgia for standoff

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Many of you saw or heard up to twenty Georgia State Patrol cars traveling at high speeds up Interstate-185 Wednesday evening; it turns out they were the closest GSP tactical team to an incident - up in Ringgold.

GSP swat team members were called to North Georgia after a wanted 63-year old man barricaded himself in his house and shot at officials. The closest tactical team was training at Fort Benning, and they made the 3-hour drive to the crime scene, but they probably made it there a little faster, witnesses report seeing GSP cars traveling at high speeds up I-185 and I-85. CBS-affiliate WDEF reports the standoff ended after 4 hours when the man ended his life.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr says even though our area was depleted of the GSP tactical team, Muscogee County would be fine if something happened.

“I can't think of any situation in Columbus, from that kind of standpoint from a tactical unit that we would need to pull from any other agency,” says Sheriff Darr.

Sheriff Darr says it's common for a community as small as Ringgold to rely on the GSP’s tactical team.

“Unfortunately, in a lot of counties in the state of Georgia they don't have that capability based on the size of the department, the size of the sheriff's office, or the lack of police departments in that counties,” says Sheriff Darr.

Both the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and Columbus Police Department have a tactical unit team, but Darr says there haven't been any recent situations where they've been needed.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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