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Police: Standoff suspect arrested along with family members

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A suspect wanted by Clayton County authorities was arrested Monday night along with members of his family.

Clayton County and Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputies arrested Joseph Poke, 34, in Gwinnett County. A stun gun was used to subdue him. according to a statement posted on the Clayton County sheriff's office Facebook page. Three of Poke's family members were also arrested for obstruction at the location.

Clayton County police began searching for Poke after they thought he was inside a home on Post Oak Road they had surrounded for hours Sunday. Police received a call about a domestic disturbance around 3 p.m. When they arrived, they attempted to get Poke to come out.

When he did not respond to their calls, they called in the SWAT team and evacuated the homes around the one police thought he was inside.

For several hours, they painstakingly attempted to determine if Poke was inside the home and if he was armed.

According to a neighbor, before police arrived, Poke was choking and punching his girlfriend. The neighbor also claims to have seen a gun in Poke's waistband.

Poke has had several run-ins with the law. In addition to burglary charges, he was convicted of aggravated assault in 2001 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. His current girlfriend's mother claims it was for stabbing his then-girlfriend.

He served a little more than half of his sentence before being paroled in 2010.

A short time ago, he started dating his current girlfriend. According to her mother, the relationship has been an abusive one.

Poke's current girlfriend apparently was familiar with his past and the fact that he was wanted in several counties around Metro Atlanta.

She allegedly hid those details from police when she reported her car being shot at a few weeks back by a man she claims is the brother of her ex-husband. According to her mother, Poke, her daughter and her grandson were in the car at the time of the shooting.

According to her mother, Poke's current girlfriend was arrested after the standoff on suspicion of obstruction of justice charges related to her previous accounts of what happened with that shooting.

Poke fled the scene before police could surround the home.

Poke's brother Eddie claimed Joseph Poke did not have a gun and that the neighbors did not see what they claimed to have seen.

Eddie Poke admitted that it is past time he had a talk with his brother about how his life is turning out, and said he just wanted him to turn himself in so he can pay whatever penalty he faces for Sunday's actions and start a new life.

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