Bibb Deputies Respond to Report of Barricaded Man

Bibb Deputies Respond to Report of Barricaded Man

Bibb County deputies are responding to a report of a man barricading himself in an apartment in Macon.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)-- A SWAT standoff ended peacefully after a man barricaded himself inside his apartment.

The man has been identified as 74-year-old Albert Gray.  

The incident took place Tuesday, around 9 a.m., at, 2009 Vineville Ave., which is a Senior Citizens Housing Community.

Bibb County Sheriff Deputies, SWAT team and firefighters covered the lawn of the senior citizens home as negotiators convinced Gray to surrender peacefully.
Residents living in the same apartment building or nearby were evacuated. While other residents living further away were asked to remain inside their apartments, until they were notified by deputies they could come out.

"The way I know him is as a nice respectful man," said one of Gray's neighbors, Floree Solomon. "He's never been harmful or disrespectful to anybody."

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says his SWAT team prepare for peaceful resolutions. Davis said the sheriff's office first concern when they arrive on the scene is "preservation of life." 

"Anytime that we come in a situation like that and no one is hurt that's what we strive to do," said Sheriff Davis. "We bring the SWAT team out they are a tactical team. They are not always here to use force they're here to use tactics and that's what they did in this particular instance. They used their training and the tools that they had to get a peaceful and non-injurious resolution to this situation."

When the Macon-Bibb County paramedics arrived at the senior citizens facility, but were unable to get to Gray, because he had barricaded himself inside the apartment.

Paramedics were checking on Gray because he recently had a medical procedure, according to Bibb County Sheriff Office Public Information Officer Lt. Randy Gonzalez.

"He had some objects against the door," added Gonzales.

When they were unable to get inside, the paramedics called Bibb County Sheriff's deputies, and when they "accessed the situation" they called out the SWAT Team, said Gonzales.

"The crisis management team, which are our negotiators, tried to establish some contact with the gentlemen," added Gonzales.

Deputies escorted Gray to a local hospital. No weapons were found inside his apartment, according to Gonzales.

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