Washington Police had a scary situation on their hands earlier Sunday afternoon.
Police tell us they went to a home at 302 East 12th Street in Washington in Beaufort County to serve some misdemeanor warrants, on 28 year old Joseph Gary Gautier. Police say before they arrived, Gautier barricaded himself in the home around 3:45 Sunday afternoon, thus starting a standoff with police. Police say they tried making contact numerous times, and finally at around 7:15, Gautier contacted police and said he would turn himself in to authorities first thing Monday morning. Police say since they were only serving misdemeanor warrants, a forceful arrest wasn't worth the risk of putting people's lives in harms way. Luckily, no one was harmed during the standoff.