• SWAT situation ends peacefully in Burke Co.


    BURKE COUNTY - According to a release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday morning officers went to serve an involuntary commitment, which is a court-order for treatment for an individual with symptoms of severe mental illness.

    The suspect was in the residence with two other people.

    The release said the suspect and two others refused to come out and deputies were advised the suspect was armed. A Burke County Sheriff’s Office negotiator arrived on the scene at 11:47 a.m. and began negotiations.

    At approximately 2:15 p.m., one of the persons in the residence brought out two guns which were secured by deputies on the scene. Negotiations continued with the suspect.

    The Burke County SWAT Team was deployed after the suspect did not honor his promise to come out of the residence peacefully on several occasions. SWAT entered at 4:40 p.m., and secured all three persons in the residence without incident.

    The suspect was taken into custody and the involuntary commitment was served. An investigation is being conducted to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

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