‘Intoxicated’ man charged after shots fired in standoff with Ga. cops

A man was taken into custody Wednesday after a standoff with officers in Polk County.
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A man was taken into custody Wednesday after a standoff with officers in Polk County.

A man was intoxicated and relieving stress Wednesday when he fired shots during a two-hour standoff with officers in Polk County, police said.

The man firing the weapon was identified as Jamie Ogle of 900 Morgan Valley Road, according to a Facebook post Thursday by the Polk County Police Department.

No one was injured in the standoff, which also included Polk sheriff’s deputies and Floyd County SWAT officers, police Chief Kenny Dodd said.

About 12:30 p.m., a man working in his barn on Morgan Valley Road outside Rockmart said several bullets were fired into the barn from an unknown direction, Dodd said.

The man, who wasn’t injured, called 911. When officers arrived, they closed off the road and learned the shots were fired from a property across the road, Dodd said.

At least nine more shots were fired after officers arrived, although police didn’t know at the time if Ogle was firing at them or randomly, Dodd said.

Officers found a phone number for Ogle and began trying to call him. After about two hours, Ogle called Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats and surrendered without incident.

“Mr. Ogle stated during his interview that he was not trying to shoot anyone (and) that he relieves stress by shooting his guns,” the Facebook post read. “Mr. Ogle was also intoxicated.”

Ogle was charged with two counts of reckless conduct and discharging a firearm near or at a public roadway, police said.

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