UPDATE: Man barricaded at Motel 6 surrenders to sheriff deputies

benw@ledger-enquirer.comJune 14, 2013 

A man who barricaded himself inside the Motel 6 on Victory Drive after Muscogee County Sheriff’s Deputies tried to arrest him ended the standoff shortly after 5 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

“He surrendered,” Sheriff Maj. Randy Robertson said outside the 3050 Victory Drive motel.

No one was injured in the standoff, which started about 12:30 p.m. Robertson identified the man as Terry Shawn Luke. He was questioned by investigators before he was to be evaluated at the hospital or the Muscogee County Jail.

Sheriff John Darr said Luke could face additional charges in connection with the standoff with authorities.

Luke was scheduled to face misdemeanor traffic offenses in State Court Friday but failed to appear. Sheriff officials said he also is wanted on a violation of probation charge out of Macon.

Using information from the bonding company, deputies went to the second floor room at the motel and tried to take Luke into custody. He briefly held an unidentified woman inside the room before letting her go before barricading himself inside.

Darr said at one point deputies tried to talk to Luke on the phone. “At first when they were talking to him on the phone, he opened the door,” the sheriff said. “He said he was coming out, then he shut the door.”

Robertson praised the efforts of the sheriff’s negotiators with bringing the incident to an end. At least 12 or 13 deputies were on the scene during the standoff.

“He had a couple of issues where he wanted some food,” Robertson said. “We had a robot carry him some food.”

A turning point in the negotiations came when he asked to talk to his wife who had to drive to Columbus.

“Once his wife got here, he realized that we were serious when we said we would do what we needed to do to make this thing end peacefully,” Robertson said. “The only thing we used the robot for was to transport him some food. We didn’t want him to think we were trying to spy on him or anything like that.”

Darr said it is unknown if a weapon was used. “He did make some comments that he was going to hurt himself or he was going to hurt somebody if we tried to arrest him,” Darr said.

Business was disrupted at the motel until the man surrendered. Robertson said deputies made sure that guests were safe in their rooms. The west end of the parking lot was blocked and some guests were moved. “We moved a few people around but didn’t evacuate the facility,” Robertson said.

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