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Standoff with deputies at Gordon County motel ends with two arrests

A standoff with deputies at a Gordon County hotel ended with two arrests Tuesday.

According to the Gordon County Sheriff’s Dept., at about 2:15 p.m.Tuesday, deputy sheriffs were dispatched to the Express Inn on State Route 225 near I-75 in response to a report of criminal activity and possible fugitives from justice.

Deputies were able to make contact with two suspects, a 55-year-old Tennessee woman named Schalles Williams and a 52-year-old Calhoun man named Wesley Swartout.

Deputies arrested Williams outside her motel room, but deputies say Swartout produced a weapon before fleeing back inside the room. Other deputy sheriffs responded to the motel and cordoned off the area.

According to deputies, after Swartout refused efforts to communicate with the officers, the Georgia State Patrol SWAT Team was summoned to the scene. State troopers attempted to negotiate with the man without success either. The troopers then deployed an armored, special purpose vehicle and broke down the motel room door and window.

OC gas was deployed before the troopers subsequently entered the room and took the Swartout into custody.

“No one was seriously injured in this incident, with the exception of a few officers irritated by OC gas,” said Sheriff Mitch Ralston.

Williams and Swartout have both been lodged in the Gordon County Jail. The investigation is still active, and detectives are still at the scene gathering evidence.

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