MAN CHARGED AFTER STANDOFF

SAVANNAH, GA (June 3, 2013): A 53-year-old man has been charged with a felony and two misdemeanors after threatening to harm himself, family members and police officers in a four-hour standoff Sunday night.

Weir Cleve Walker was charged with terroristic threats and acts, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm near a public street after he surrendered to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s SWAT Team about 12:30 a.m. today.

Police were called to Hillary Street on Wilmington Island before 8 p.m. and advised that Walker had threatened to shoot himself if he saw police officers. Islands Precinct officers closed off portions of the neighborhood two blocks away and called in SWAT, Explosive Ordnance Device (Bomb Squad) and the SCMPD Hostage Negotiation Team.

Walker fired a shot in the back yard of the residence and three more from inside at his house, threatening officers and challenging them to kill him. Instead, police brought in his brother who convinced him via telephone to surrender.

After he was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for evaluation, police found an assortment of shotguns and high powered rifles in the house.

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