Standoff after domestic dispute leads to arrest of man in Box Springs

Updated: Jul. 21, 2020 at 2:17 PM EDT
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BOX SPRINGS, Ga. (WTVM) - A man is behind bars after a standoff with Columbus police Monday evening.

Columbus police officers were called to a residence in 16300 block of Chantileer Trail in Box Springs, Ga. near the Talbot County line in reference to a domestic dispute shortly before 6:30 p.m.

The victim, who was holding a small child, was removed from the scene and reported that there were three children in the house and the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Ryan Herring, had an AR-15 style weapon.

A short time later, the children exited the home through the garage and were taken away from the scene to safety.

Herring then exited the home unarmed, but refused to comply with officers and went back into the home. When he came back out, he exited through the back of the home wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with a semi-automatic weapon. He again refused to comply with officers and pointed his weapon in their direction. A CPD officer then fired a single shot and missed Herring.

“At one point raising the firearm toward officers, a Columbus police officer fired one shot at the suspect, missed him,” said Assistant Police Chief Gil Slouchick. “The individual went back inside the house and we had a short standoff. A friend of his, actually an off-duty sheriff’s deputy from Muscogee County, was able to talk to him on the phone. He came outside and surrendered himself to officers without incident.”

He faces a laundry list of charges including:

  • Aggravated assault on a police officer
  • Aggravated assault (family violence)
  • Cruelty to children
  • False imprisonment
  • Use of body armor during a crime
  • Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime

Herring is currently being held in the Muscogee County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in Recorder’s Court Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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