Harris County man barricades himself in woods, armed

(Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

CATAULA, GA (WTVM) - Early New Year's morning, Harris County Deputies responded to a family violence call in Cataula.

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said, "When they got there the front door was open. They found the wife in the road walking."  She told deputies she did not know where her husband was, but thought he had a gun.

Earlier in the morning, she told deputies, he had kicked her out of the house. She went to a neighbors home and called 911.

Deputies spotted the husband, Jerrell Clay, in the woods. "He had several weapons and considerable amount of ammo in the wood line. So, we think he was ready to barricade himself up and maybe have some type of standoff," explained Jolley.

The Sheriff said Clay yelled that he had the deputies "in his sights" and would "get them back."

Clay eventually stepped out of the woods and deputies talked him down to the ground, handcuffing him.

The suspect's wife would not comment on camera.

According to Sheriff Jolley a bag full of ammo, food and another weapon was found in the woods with Clay.

"Through our deputies training and their knowledge of this type of incident they did not use lethal force to make the arrest."

Clay is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, obstruction of a police officer, battery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

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