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Police arrest man after 9-hour stand off in Flowery Branch's Sterling on the Lake
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A man barricaded himself inside his home April 27, 2022, in Sterling on the Lake. Flowery Branch Police and Hall County SWAT responded to the scene. - photo by Jeff Gill

Update: An armed man who barricaded himself inside his Flowery Branch home came out after gas was fired into the home following a nine hour standoff, according to authorities.

Flowery Branch Police Chief Chris Hulsey said Jacob Hill was taken into custody early Thursday, April 28. Hill was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer and four counts of terroristic threats.

Police had been on the scene since around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Sterling on the Lake subdivision after receiving a 911 call requesting a welfare check.

Hill had been threatening to harm himself, according to authorities. 

The Hall County SWAT team took over the scene and kept on working to negotiate with Hill.

“He wouldn’t agree to anything that they told him, so the SWAT team went down there, shot some gas in the house,” Hulsey said. “Probably 20-30 minutes later, he finally surrenders, comes out the front door with his hands up.”

Hulsey said Hill had recently retired from the Army and had settled down in Flowery Branch.



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Jacob Lee Hill

A man has barricaded himself in his home and “fired several shots so far,” in Flowery Branch’s Sterling on the Lake subdivision, Flowery Branch Police Chief Chris Hulsey said Wednesday evening.

Hulsey said people living in the subdivision are asked to stay in their homes and for others to stay away from the area.

Hulsey said officers had been on scene for roughly six hours after the man pointed a gun at officers attempting to serve some papers in the Lake Overlook Lane area of Sterling.

“He’s in the house by himself,” Hulsey said.

Hulsey said the man had a handgun and had “fired several shots so far,” though not in the direction of law enforcement.

Officers were in the middle of negotiating to get the man to exit the house as of almost 9 p.m. Wednesday, and Hall County SWAT was also on the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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A man barricaded himself inside his home April 27, 2022, in Sterling on the Lake. Flowery Branch Police and Hall County SWAT responded to the scene. - photo by Jeff Gill