Chemical gas used in LaGrange standoff

Michael Melson Courtesy of: Troup Co. Sheriff's Office
Michael Melson Courtesy of: Troup Co. Sheriff's Office

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -  A LaGrange man is behind bars after a standoff with police.

Just after midnight Thursday morning, patrol officers with the LaGrange Police Department went to arrest 25-year-old Michael Melson on a felony warrant for forgery at his home on North Greenwood Street.

When they got there, police say Melson, armed with a gun, barricaded himself in a rear bedroom of the home and refused to come out.

The S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene and when negotiations and verbal pleas for Melson to come out failed, officers released a chemical gas into his home.

Shortly after that, Melson was taken into custody.

He is being held in the Troup County Jail.

Another man, Edward Paschal, was also taken into custody during the incident. Police say Paschal had an outstanding warrant for Manufacturing Methamphetamine out of the Heard County Sheriff's Office.

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