Man arrested after 7-hour standoff in home

An armed man who barricaded himself inside a home Thursday afternoon was arrested after the White County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team used tear gas to end a 7-hour standoff.

Deputies were called after a vehicle crashed into a telephone pole on Ga. Highway 255 South near Grover Miles Road on Aug. 2 just after 4 p.m. That impact knocked the power pole and lines into the road.

The suspected driver, 39-year-old Nathan Shane McCain of a Cleveland address, ran into the in-law suite at a home across the street, grabbed a knife from the kitchen and began cutting himself, according to a WCSO report. A deputy spoke with the son of the homeowner who stated he did not see the accident, but came into contact with McCain when the suspect entered the in-law suite.

After cutting himself multiple times, McCain ran to the second floor and the residents fled the house, according to the report. The son stated there were several loaded guns in the in-law suite.

A deputy went to the front door and could hear McCain groaning and talking to himself, and heard him say something about having a knife and gun, according to the report. More law enforcement officers joined the deputy on the front porch when they heard gunshots from within the house.

A negotiator spoke to McCain about exiting the home after law enforcement set a perimeter. However, he refused to leave the residence. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation robot was also for used to communicate with McCain.

SWAT members prepared to enter the residence when it was determined that McCain was not going to leave voluntarily, according to the report. That decision was made after McCain fired several gunshots while barricaded on the second floor. SWAT members shot two cartridges of tear gas into the upstairs room occupied by the suspect.

McCain surrendered immediately and without a weapon. Deputies didn’t fire any shots, according to the sheriff’s office. McCain was medically cleared by EMS personnel on scene and taken to the White County Detention Center.

According to the WCSO report, investigators found multiple bullet holes in the walls of the in-law suite. The investigators determined that none of the bullets were intentionally shot toward law enforcement or other people.

McCain is charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officers, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless conduct and criminal damage to property.

Along with WCSO deputies and the GBI, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Demorest Police Department, Alto Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and the White County Fire Department and county EMS assisted in the incident.

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