Blake Prizio
Photo: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Man at center of 7-hour SWAT standoff in Forsyth County ID’d

A seven-hour SWAT standoff at a Forsyth County townhouse ended when officers and police dogs entered the home, authorities confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

This home on Prestwyck Court was the scene of a nearly seven-hour SWAT standoff in Forsyth County. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

Authorities went inside the home around 4 p.m. and took 42-year-old Blake Prizio into custody, according to the Forsyth County sheriff’s office. A flash bang was reportedly heard around that time, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“We introduced two robots. We introduced ... tear gas into the house, but everything we tried was not working,” Sheriff Ron Freeman said during a news conference after the successful arrest of the suspect.

The man was taken to WellStar North Fulton Hospital after he was bitten by a police dog during the raid. He was released later Tuesday and booked into the Forsyth County jail on charges of aggravated assault with a gun and reckless conduct. 


Channel 2 reported that no one else was seriously injured during the standoff or entry into the home.


Authorities were called to the Whittington Townhomes off McGinnis Ferry Road about 9 a.m. when Prizio called 911 and claimed he was being held hostage inside one of the units on Prestwyck Court, Channel 2 reported.

According to Freeman, the man was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Freeman also said Prizio, who was not familiar to authorities, fired shots on three occasions.

A SWAT vehicle is driven through the Whittington Townhome community Tuesday during a standoff with a man barricaded inside a residence. (Photo: Ben Hendren)

Earlier, the sheriff’s office contacted the county school district and bus drivers were told to use alternate routes to ensure children were out of harm’s way.

Police say a 42-year-old man was armed inside a home and possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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