SWAT Team Ends Standoff With Shiloh Man

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Talbot County Sheriff's Deputies say it all started around 10:00 Thursday morning when 43-year-old Rodney Hamler's mom brought, Deputies, and New Horizon Staff Members to a home in Shiloh.

"They tried to make entry. They tried to open the door with the key and then the suspect shot through the door. The officers took cover and called for backup," says Chief Kalvin Baker.

Deputies say, Hamler is mentally ill and had stop taking his medication.

"They wanted to try to transport him to Columbus and get him some help," added Baker.

But Hamler didn't want help. Deputies say he locked himself in a bedroom with a gun.

"The SWAT team came and fired pepper gas though the window and made entry. Once they shot the pepper gas he did fire several more rounds at the officers," says Baker.

Chief Baker says Hamler fired about 15 to 20 rounds before SWAT team officers apprehended him.

Deputies tell us no one was hurt during the stand off.

Officials where able to give Hamler medication to calm him down.

Hamler now sits in the Talbot County Jail.

Officials tell us he'll be charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault.