Braselton cop held on battery charges in incident at Hall County home

A Braselton City police lieutenant was behind bars Monday, accused of battery and kidnapping in an incident involving his wife at their Hall County home, authorities said.

Lt. Robert Holt, 40, surrendered to a Hall County SWAT team early Sunday after a more than three-hour standoff at his home in the Mitchell Creek subdivision in Flowery Branch.

The officer has been suspended without pay from the Braselton police force, according to Channel 2 Action News.

According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman, neighbors called police to the subdivision around 9:11 p.m. Saturday after hearing a female calling out for help. The SWAT team was sent to the home due to the nature of the call, spokeswoman Nicole Bailes said in a release.

At one point, tear gas was fired into the home after three hours of negotiations and no contact. Police said they feared there might be injuries.

The SWAT team was able to talk Holt out of the home and found his wife with an ankle injury.

The authorities said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the incident.

Holt was taken to to the Hall County Jail. Bond was set at $2,400 on the battery charge and $5,700 on the kidnapping charge.