One Arrested After Standoff in Ocean Springs
A multi-hour standoff has resulted in the arrest of one man in Ocean Springs today. After nearly three hours, authorities on the Coast were able to apprehend a fugitive wanted in Florida.
Officers didn’t find anything inside of the RV parked just off of Highway 90 on Gibson Road because George Kelly, the fugitive wanted in Florida for aggravated assault of a police officer, was barricaded inside the home next to it. “We announced ourselves to the individual inside the house and let him know that he needed to come out and he refused to come out. Basically, he put himself in a situation of a standoff,” said Captain William Jackson with the Ocean Springs Police Department.
The standoff started around noon and lasted until around 3:00 and also called for the assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies across Jackson and Harrison counties. “We tried to make contact with him by phone, over the loud speaker and other means, he decided he was not going to come out so at that time, we contacted Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to bring out their emergency service team,” said Cpt. Jackson.
After busting out the windows in the Spring Hill Baptist Church parsonage, the Jackson County SWAT team was forced to break down the door and release tear gas before finally taking the suspect into custody.
One resident tells News 25 a woman lives inside the parsonage. With the church’s permission, she was allowing Kelly to park his RV in the front yard where he was temporarily staying. “He did not have a weapon inside the house. He was just trying to hide from being apprehended,” said Cpt. Jackson.
Ocean Springs resident Angela Alexander says she’s just glad the day’s standoff ended without gunfire and without injuries. “I’m shocked that all this is going on right here in my neighbor but I shouldn’t be because crime is everywhere. I’m glad that they did their job and nobody got seriously hurt.”
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