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Deputies: County commissioner arrested after standoff

February 5, 2020 GMT

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — A SWAT team used an armored vehicle to crash through the front door of a county commissioner’s home in Georgia after deputies say he fired shots at them as they attempted to serve him a warrant.

Donald Hawbaker, 64, was arrested Tuesday at his home in a retirement community in Griffin, news outlets reported. He’s a Spalding County Commissioner.

Deputies were met with gunfire when they went to Hawbaker’s home to serve him a warrant for simple assault (family violence) and disorderly conduct, said Maj. Dwayne Jones, a spokesman for the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.

There was a standoff for about two hours before authorities entered the home and took Hawbaker into custody, news outlets reported.

No one was injured. Officials said Hawbaker was the only person in the home at the time.

It’s unclear whether Hawbaker had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.