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Updated: 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 | Posted: 11:12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013

Villa Rica standoff ends peacefully


Villa Rica standoff triggered by domestic situation
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The Douglas County SWAT team remains in a holding pattern at the house. Police have no indication that the suspect has a cache of weapons, just the one they’ve seen him with.

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Police have lobbed tear gas into the home, located at the back of a cul-de-sac, but have been unable to flush out the man, who is said to be armed.
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According to police, the man is by himself in the house. A police spokesman confirmed Saturday afternoon that the man was seen in the window, holding a gun.
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A Villa Rica man has barricaded himself in a home in the Reid Plantation subdivision, according to police.
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Donnie Wright

By Ernie Suggs

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 14-hour Villa Rica standoff ended quietly Saturday night after 42-year-old Donnie Wright surrendered peacefully to police.

Wright had barricaded himself inside his Carroll County home after a domestic dispute.

According to police, the situation began at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday when Wright’s girlfriend called 911 to report a case of domestic abuse. The woman said Wright choked her and fired a handgun before allowing her to leave the home.

Channel 2 Action News reported that when the police came to the house, Wright refused to leave.

SWAT officers with Carroll and Douglas counties blocked several streets at the Reid Plantation subdivision in Villa Rica as officers worked to get the Wright to surrender.

After over four hours of failed negotiations, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Response team used a robot inside the home to locate and establish communication with Wright. Wright fired the handgun at the robot twice, disabling it.

Police also lobbed tear gas into the home, located at the back of a cul-de-sac, but was unable to flush out Wright.

After nearly 14 hours, Wright finally surrendered to authorities. He was charged with simple battery, aggravated assault, reckless conduct and damage to government property.

No one was injured in the incident.

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