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Man, previously shot by police, girlfriend face charges after SWAT standoff
Hollis Dean Garmon

Two people are facing charges after a SWAT team standoff Thursday evening in Dahlonega, where authorities were trying to serve a warrant.

Hollis Dean Garmon, 46, was charged with battery under the Family Violence Act, obstruction of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of methamphetamine. He also has a hold for Forsyth County for a probation violation warrant.

Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach said Garmon was staying with his girlfriend, Sonja Marie Pace, 46, in Dahlonega. 

Officers from Lumpkin and Forsyth counties made their first approach around 3 p.m. Thursday to a home on Oak Grove Road in Dahlonega near Oak Grove Baptist Church to serve Garmon with a warrant.

“Forsyth County had issues with him in the past. He was on probation actually for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer from an incident in Forsyth County some years ago, where he ended up being shot by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office,” Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Alan Roach said.

Roach said Garmon “made statements that this was not going to end peacefully and he was not going to peacefully go back to jail.”

Garmon pleaded guilty in 2011 to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of methamphetamine. 

He was accused of grabbing a shotgun and pointing it at a Forsyth County sergeant in October 2010 on Keith Bridge Road, according to previous reports in the Forsyth County News.

The lieutenant said Pace was able to exit the single-wide trailer after climbing out a bedroom window. She is facing a charge of hindering the apprehension of a wanted person.

Sonja Marie Pace
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