Insanity plea could release GA man who fired rounds

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A psychiatric evaluation of a Talbot County, GA man revealed he is not responsible for a standoff with police.

Forty-three-year-old Rodney Hamler's case appeared on the docket Thursday to determine whether both sides were ready for trial next week.

Police say it started when Hamler's mother called authorities and New Horizon staff members to his house because he had stop taking his medication.

When deputies tried to transport Hamler to Columbus Regional Hospital to get help, he grabbed a gun and locked himself in a bedroom. 

A SWAT team eventually sprayed gas through a window and obtained Hamler after he fired several rounds at them.

He was taken into custody and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital. Doctors declared Hamler to be mentally insane.

Judge John Allen ordered Hamler's attorney to file a petition stating that Hamler is not guilty by reason of insanity. Hamler is currently being held in the Talbot County Jail in Talbot County, GA.

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