Negotiators: Former officer barricaded self in house
WINDER, GA (CBS46) -
Barrow County Sheriff's deputies responded to a former police officer barricaded in his house on Wednesday.
Deputies received a 911 call that an armed man was suicidal at his house in the 400 block of Bowden Mill Road in Winder.
Officers confirmed it was Michael Pruitt, 43. Statham's police chief said Pruitt resigned from his force in December. He has served as the public information officer.
Deputies said they responded with the swat team based on Pruitt's law enforcement history, and it was believed he had a lot of weapons.
Gwinnett County Police also responded to assist. Deputies also called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigations bomb squad, when they thought they found an explosive device. They said it was nothing.
After five hours, negotiators were able to get Pruitt to walk out his door without any weapons, according to officers.
Officers said Pruitt voluntarily went for medical treatment, and is not facing charges. Deputies said Pruitt is currently estranged from his family. No one else was with him or injured, according to deputies.
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