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Man shot and arrested after 4-hour standoff

After a four-hour standoff, Muscogee County Sheriff's Office deputies subdued a Harris County man by shooting him with rubber pellets and then arrested him for allegedly manufacturing and planting pipe bombs at an apartment complex from which he had recently been evicted.

According to a statement from the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office, Raymond Joseph Geoffrion, 56, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on an officer, possession of an explosive device with an intent to kill or injure, possession of an explosive device, possession of an explosive device by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The sheriff's office began the investigation late Friday afternoon after the Harris County Sheriff's Office requested the Muscogee County bomb squad respond to an incident on Fortune Road in Hamilton regarding three suspected improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.

The three IEDs were recovered and detonated safely by the Muscogee County bomb squad's bomb technician.

Geoffrion, who had been evicted from his residence at Fortune Road seven days earlier, was indentified as a suspect and located at Sandpiper Apartments at 4443 Cusseta Road, apartment A-7.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday, Muscogee County deputies went to Sandpiper apartments to arrest Geoffrion on outstanding warrants.

He refused to open the door to his apartment and deputies saw through the window that he had several weapons.

Deputies negotiated for four hours before forceably entering the apartment at around 3:30 a.m. After Geoffrion presented another IED and threatened to detonate it, deputies shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun containing rubber pellets to subdue him.

Additional bomb making components and firearms were found in the apartment.

Geoffrion was transported to The Medical Center, then later transferred to Atlanta Medical where he is listed in stable condition in the I.C.U.

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