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Police arrested a woman and charged her with terroristic threats and acts following a standoff that shut down Big Texas Valley Road in the Armuchee community for a few hours.

Regina Diane Thomas, 56, was arrested after she surrendered to police, according to Floyd County Police Department Sgt. Chris Fincher. Police were initially called out for a domestic dispute at a residence in northwestern Floyd County just before noon Tuesday.

Fincher said the Rome Floyd County SWAT team was called out to make contact with Thomas inside the residence after she refused to come out. Early reports indicated a firearm was discharged prior to officers’ arrival but Fincher said no one was injured. The complainant had left the residence before Thomas surrendered.

Fincher said Thomas was arrested at 1:34 p.m., soon after the SWAT team arrived, and she was taken into custody without incident.

She was booked into the Floyd County Jail late Tuesday afternoon.

No bond was set.

Big Texas Valley Road, which parallels Floyd County’s northwest border with Chattooga County, was closed to traffic during the standoff.

Law enforcement and EMS were staged at Armuchee Baptist Church. Fincher said it is protocol for EMS to be on the scene when SWAT is called out.

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Floyd County police and Rome-Floyd SWAT team are responding to a residence on Big Texas Valley Road where a domestic dispute has led to a standoff, according to police.

Floyd County Police Sgt. Chris Fincher said the incident began as a domestic dispute call sometime before noon Tuesday. Initial reports indicate a firearm was discharged but there does not appear to be anyone injured.

”The SWAT team has been notified to go out and make contact with the individual and try and resolve this as peacefully as possible,” Fincher said, adding that it is an ongoing situation and “really fluid.”

He advised the public to avoid traveling through the area at this time. Big Texas Valley Road parallels Floyd County’s northwest border with Chattooga County.

Scanner traffic indicates a woman is inside the residence with the complainant having already left the residence.

”In a moment like this, we’re looking out for her safety,” Fincher said. “We’re just trying to resolve this and make sure she is safe.”

Law enforcement and EMS are staged at Armuchee Baptist Church. Fincher said it is protocol for EMS to be on the scene when SWAT is called out.

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