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Man who barricaded himself in northwest Hall home surrenders after home catches fire
No injuries reported
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Hall County sheriff's deputies gather on Underwood Drive in Northwest Hall County Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, after a reported gunman barricaded inside a home on the drive. Five hours after sheriff's deputies responded, the man surrendered peacefully, authorities say. No one was injured in the incident. - photo by Scott Rogers

A Gainesville man was taken into custody after a nearly five-hour standoff Friday, Feb. 12, in north Hall County, according to authorities.

Devon Mason Brannon, 36, was taken into custody around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 11 a.m. Friday to the 6000 block of Underwood Drive for a call about an “armed barricaded man at the home,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release.

“They determined that Brannon forced his way into the house and began waving a handgun,” Booth wrote. “Two other men and the woman who lives in the home were there at the time.”

Booth said Brannon knew all three people, and all three of them were able to leave the home sometime between the initial call and Brannon’s surrender.

The Sheriff’s Office said they made multiple attempts via phone and a loudspeaker to contact Brannon, but those attempts were unsuccessful.

Booth said a fire started on the second floor of the house around 3:40 p.m., and Hall County firefighters responded.

“Apparently overcome by smoke, Brannon broke a window and came out with his hands up at roughly 3:45 p.m.” Booth wrote.

No injuries were reported, and no gunshots were fired by either side.

Brannon has been charged with first-degree home invasion, two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

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Hall County sheriff's deputies gather on Underwood Drive in Northwest Hall County Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, after a reported gunman barricaded inside a home on the drive. Five hours after sheriff's deputies responded, the man surrendered peacefully, authorities say. No one was injured in the incident. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Hall County sheriff's deputies gather on Underwood Drive in Northwest Hall County Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, after a reported gunman barricaded inside a home on the drive. Five hours after sheriff's deputies responded, the man surrendered peacefully, authorities say. No one was injured in the incident. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Hall County sheriff's deputies gather on Underwood Drive in Northwest Hall County Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, after a reported gunman barricaded inside a home on the drive. Five hours after sheriff's deputies responded, the man surrendered peacefully, authorities say. No one was injured in the incident. - photo by Scott Rogers
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