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A domestic dispute in Fairmount ended peacefully Friday afternoon, according to Fairmount Police Chief Justin Skidmore.

The Fairmount Police Department was dispatched at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 6 to a residence on North Avenue. Upon arrival, law enforcement discovered that an individual inside the residence, identified as a 35-year-old male, was threatening suicide and was heavily armed. Also inside the residence were his wife and three small children.

Deputies from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol responded to the residence to assist. Several attempts were made over a police loud speaker to make contact with the man, which were unsuccessful.

Major Mike Jones and Lt. Jimmy Shaw, with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, were able to rescue two children and the wife from a window at the back of the residence.

At one point, the man came to a door at the front of the residence and placed a small child on the carport area. Major Jones and Sgt. Lane Bennett with FPD were able to rescue this child from the carport area.

Law enforcement eventually made contact with the man. For 30 minutes, Sgt. Bennett spoke with the subject via cell phone and convinced him to surrender to law enforcement peacefully, and was transported to Gordon Hospital when he became unresponsive, possibly from alcohol and prescription drugs.

Law enforcement discovered numerous firearms inside the residence along with a very large amount of ammunition.

The investigation is ongoing and a warrant has been issued for the man for aggravated assault.

Chief Skidmore had high praise for his department, the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol for their response to the scene as well as the professionalism each individual showed.

Chief Skidmore stated that it is always good to see multiple law enforcement agencies come together and work as a team.

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