Posted: Thursday, September 4th 2014 at 10:02pm
SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Gwinnett County
LAWRENCEVILLE - A SWAT standoff in Gwinnett County ended peacefully Thursday night when authorities were able to convince a murder suspect barricaded inside a Lawrenceville home to surrender himself to police custody.
According to a media release posted on social media, Devon Jenkins was previously wanted by Gwinnett County authorities in the August 6th murder of Adam Schrier, as well as the alleged shootings of an unnamed woman and small child. The release says Jenkins had barricaded himself inside a Bedford Bay Lane home with 4 children and an adult female, and repeatedly refused to surrender to the authorities.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were apparently able to safely remove two children and the adult woman from the home, and at this point were able to establish cell phone contact with Jenkins. Jenkins’ phone battery died a short time later, prompting SWAT personnel to utilize an armored personnel carrier with an on-board speaker system to continue negotiation efforts.
The release says that after roughly two hours of negotiations, Jenkins was persuaded to turn over the two remaining hostages, children said to be ages 3 and 4, before surrendering himself to authorities. Jenkins was then transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without incident.
Details in the case are still developing at this time.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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