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Authorities are searching for a LaFayette man who was intoxicated and threatened to kill himself and police, which led to a response from SWAT, on April 19.

The LaFayette Police Department is asking the public to help them locate 40-year-old Sean Patrick Walker, who now faces warrants for simple battery, terroristic threats and two counts of hindering a 911 call.

The warrants on Walker were placed days after the incident that occurred at a residence off Wisteria Road in LaFayette.

Police responded with SWAT and the Georgia State Patrol to a domestic assault in which Walker, who was intoxicated, allegedly threatened to shoot himself and the police.

According to LaFayette police Capt. Stacey Meeks, on Sunday, April 19, around 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Wisteria Road in the Meadowview subdivision involving a physical domestic that turned into threats of suicide and violence with a firearm.

The domestic situation involved a mother and her son, Walker.

Walker was wielding a small-caliber gun and threatening to shoot himself as well as the police if they entered the residence to stop him.

Walker’s mother tried to call 911, but Walker stopped her by breaking her cell phone. There was no other phone in the residence.

The victim attempted to take the firearm out of Walker’s hand, but he pushed her down and threatened to kill himself and burn the residence down.

The victim then fled the residence on foot and called 911 from an undisclosed location about 30 minutes after the altercation.

The police arrived at the residence and began setting up a perimeter around the property. The police began to evacuate anyone in the area within close proximity to the residence.

A SWAT team was activated and Georgia State Patrol Post 41 in LaFayette was called to the scene as well.

Authorities tried to establish verbal communication with Walker by yelling into the residence, but to no response.

Officers then began to shut down all traffic on Wisteria Road.

Tear gas canisters were deployed inside a garage outbuilding of the residence to flush out Walker, but no one was inside as SWAT made entrance.

The residence was unlocked, so officers did not have to enter with force and began to search the rooms inside the home.

It was determined Walker fled the scene sometime within the 30-minute timespan between the victim’s escape and the call to Walker County 911.

The victim did not need medical attention and was allowed back into the residence once the property was cleared.

There were no charges on Walker at the time of the incident, but authorities sought warrants with the magistrate judge during the week.

Walker’s identity was protected under the Family Violence Act and was finally named once the warrants were filed.

Meeks said Walker poses no real threat to the general public as he has only threatened his own life and made threats toward the police.

Anyone who has seen Walker and knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact the LaFayette Police Department at 706-639-1540 or call 911.

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