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Authorities say standoff suspect pulled gun on deputies
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Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies load a suspect for transport to jail after an attempted traffic stop led to a brief scuffle and longer standoff on Windfield Drive in South Hall. - photo by NAT GURLEY

A standoff ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon in South Hall after a man pulled a handgun on a deputy.

Skyler Dustin Summerour, 24, is in custody and being held at the Hall County Jail.

He “surrendered peacefully, without injury, and no further incident,” sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Chad Mann said.

Summerour pulled a handgun on a deputy attempting to speak with him after he evaded a traffic stop, Mann said.

Mann said the deputy had signaled for Summerour to pull over on Ga. 53/Winder Highway to Strickland Road, to no avail.

He pulled up to his home on Windfield Road and went inside, the deputy trailing him. Summerour’s mother let the deputy inside, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Stephen Wilbanks said.

“He acted totally oblivious to the deputy,” Wilbanks said. “He acted as though the deputy wasn’t even present.”

He eventually did confront the deputy — physically.

“During the course of that struggle the subject produced a handgun,” Wilbanks said. “The deputy was able to disengage and get out of the room and immediately called for backup and established a perimeter.”

Inside the house were the suspect’s fiance and a 5-year-old child, prompting heightened caution from the sheriff’s office.

“We approached it as though we would a hostage situation,” Wilbanks said.

“We had no indication that was the way it was going to turn out, but out of an abundance of caution that was how we chose to handle that.”

No one was injured when Summerour surrendered around 4:20 p.m., ending the standoff.

“We’re grateful that it ended peacefully,” Wilbanks said.

The SWAT team responded along with hostage negotiators, Georgia State Patrol and Hall County Fire Services.

Casey Kellum, 23, was working at the Chevron gas station as the scene escalated and deputies responded.

“There was an officer right here and he was about to write a ticket and next thing I know he took off and was gone,” she said.

Neighbor Cliff Johns described the magnitude of the response.

“The police car came in behind him with all his lights on, and then all these other police came in there ... they covered the place up,” Johns said.

Kellum said she counted at least a dozen sheriff’s office patrol cars at the scene.

Summerour faces charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony obstruction of officer and failure to maintain lane, Wilbanks said.

Other details, including what may have prompted Summerour’s aggression, weren’t available.

The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division.

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