Police Standoff Suspect Scheduled To Make Court Appearance

A man involved in a nine-hour standoff with Washington police back in June will make a court appearance Monday.

Gary Gautier, 33, is facing several charges including felony false bomb report, discharging a firearm within city limits and communicating threats.

No one was injured in the June 15 standoff.


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A suspect in last week's standoff in Washington has been charged.

Washington police say Gary Gautier was charged with felony false bomb report, discharging a firearm in the city limits and communicating threats.

Police say the 33-year-old man was arrested without incident today and placed in jail on a $250,000 bond.

Gautier was hospitalized after police say he led them on a day-long standoff Wednesday at his East 12th Street home. Police first went to the home around 8:00 a.m. and he finally surrendered just before 5:00 p.m. During the standoff police say Gauiter came outside twice and fired his weapon, one up in the air and the second time into the ground.

The street was blocked off and several adjacent homes were evacuated as a precaution. No one was hurt in the standoff.


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Washington police say no charges have been brought yet against a man who led them on a nearly nine hour standoff Wednesday. That man remains hospitalized.

The father of Gary Gautier says his son is now at the Beaufort County Medical Center. Robert Gautier says his son is "doing as fair as can be expected."

Gary Gautier was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly nine hour standoff at his 12th Street home.

The elder Gautier tells WITN he was able to see his son briefly last night. He says he's not sure exactly what his son is being treated for.

Washington police took the younger Gauiter into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly nine-hour standoff. Gautier told officials on the phone that he wanted to "shoot it out" with police. He came outside during the standoff and fired two rounds- one in the ground and one in the air. After nearly nine hours, the standoff ended with the man being taking into custody and no reported injuries.

In a news release, Washington police say their investigation is continuing and that any charges would be brought after consulting with the "D.A. and other entities."


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It is unclear if the man at the center of Wednesday's day-long standoff is still in police custody. Online records currently show no charges against Gary Gautier.

Washington Police took Gauiter into custody around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly nine-hour standoff. Gautier told officials on the phone that he wanted to "shoot it out" with police. He came outside during the standoff and fired two rounds- one in the ground and one in the air. After nearly nine hours, the standoff ended with the suspect being taking into custody and no reported injuries.

Beaufort County officials said Thursday morning Gautier is not in the jail.


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A standoff that lasted nearly nine hours Wednesday in the east ended with the alleged gunman in custody after police say a man called 911 early Wednesday morning.

Washington Police took Gary Gautier into custody. Minutes later a bomb squad was on scene going through the 12th Street home as a precaution. Police say Joseph "Gary" Gautier told them on the phone he wanted to "shoot it out" with police. He even came outside during the standoff and fired two rounds- one in the ground and one in the air. Fortunately, it ended with the suspect being taking into custody and no reported injuries.

His uncle, Carter Leary, lives two houses down and says Gautier is a good person.

"Hes a loner. He enjoys being alone. He doesn't threaten anybody. He's a good boy, good hearted boy. He wouldn't hurt anybody. They've blown this thing completely out of proportion," said Leary.

Washington police have not yet revealed any charges against Gautier.


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Washington police say a day-long armed standoff is over with the gunman now in custody.

WITN's Brittany Creamer says around 4:45 p.m. police placed Gary Gautier in handcuffs and into a police car. Police Chief Mick Reed says right now Gautier has not been charged.

East 12th Street remained closed as the SBI bomb squad went through the home.

The standoff began around 8:00 a.m. when police went to the East 12th Street home.

East 12th Street, between Brown and Bonner Streets was shut down most of the day. Chief Reed tells WITN News that Gautier first called authorities around 7:00 a.m. He said by 8:00 a.m. the man became really agitated and that's when police started moving in.

Police evacuated nearby homes and told others in the neighborhood to stay inside.

Reed says Gautier told police he wanted to shoot it out with them. During the standoff police say Gautier fired two rounds. One time they say he fired into the ground and on another occasion he came out of the house and fired his gun into the air as police watched from a distance. The chief characterized the situation as a "waiting game".

The chief says this afternoon a relative of Gautier, who lives two doors away, got into the home and removed several weapons. That relative was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office. Reed says when Gautier was apprehended they found additional weapons in the home.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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Washington police have closed off a street and evacuated several nearby homes in what is being called a standoff with an armed man.

East 12th Street, between Brown and Bonner Streets has been shut down most of the day. Police Chief Mick Reed tells WITN News that a man first called authorities around 7:00 a.m. He said by 8:00 a.m. the man became really agitated and that's when police started moving in. He confirmed the man's name is Gary Gautier.

Reed says the man told police he wanted to shoot it out with them. Police say Gautier has fired two rounds. On one occasion he came out of the house and fired his gun into the air as police watched from a distance. The chief characterized the situation as a "waiting game".

The Beaufort County SWAT team is also at the scene and around 1:30 p.m. power was cut to the home

WITN has had a reporter at the location since 9:30 a.m. We did not report the story immediately because of the danger inside the home and the possible negative affect our reporting could have had on law enforcement efforts to end the situation without injury. WITN received information early on that neighbors had been warned of the threat and had left their homes. If the situation developed into a public threat, we would have reported the story immediately.


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