A Wilson County man has been charged after leading deputies on a nearly 13 hour standoff overnight.
Eric Radke is charged with discharging a firearm within 300 feet of a residence.
Deputies say it all began around 5:00 p.m. when deputies showed up at Radke's house on Bloomery Road to serve involuntary commitment papers. While en route they were told Radke posted threatening comments on Facebook.
When deputies arrived they say the man shot around the home with a handgun and barricaded himself inside. Four neighbors were evacuated during the standoff and forced to spend the night away from their homes.
Around 5:45 a.m., after losing contact with Radke, the sheriff decided to tear gas the home. About 15 minutes later Radke came out on his own.
The Sheriff's Office says Radke was take to the hospital to be evaluated.
A standoff between lawmen in Wilson County and a man they tried to serve involuntary commitment papers on has ended, some 13 hours later.
The standoff is said to have ended with Eric Radke surrendering to police. Radke refused to come out of his house on Bloomery Rd. in Wilson, starting around 5 p.m. Wednesday. That's when officials tried to take Radke into custody for alcohol rehab.
Radke's daughter was allowed to communicate with her dad during the tense hours overnight. She says her father drinks heavily and is depressed and needed to go to rehab.
We checked Radke's record and found he has a pending DWI charge in Lenoir County. He was released from the Lenoir County Jail on January 9, just ten days ago. His next court date is February 20 for the DWI charge, along with reckless driving, driving while license revoked and having unsealed liquor in the car.
Reports say around 5 p.m. Wednesday, 42-year-old Eric Radke went outside, fired a shot into the air and then barricaded himself inside his home on Bloomery Road in Wilson. Police went to his house to serve him with involuntary commitment papers.
Radke has had previous trouble with the law as he was pulled over on January 9 and charged with DWI. His daughter has told authorities that he drinks heavily and is depressed. Lawmen were ordered to come to the house Wednesday in order to take him to rehab.
It's not clear if threatening Facebook posts put up by Radke played a role in the decision to take him into custody.
His posts read:
"nobody is coming into my house, no body" and, "i hate everybody and if u come 2 my house, im gonna shoot u."
His daughter says that she thinks Radke got scared when officials showed up at his house and she's worried it won't end well.
Sgt. Wanda Samuel with the Wilson County Sheriff's Office told The Wilson Times that immediate neighbors were evacuated from their homes as a precaution and as of 7 a.m. Thursday no one is being let in or out of the neighborhood.
We will let you know when we get any updates.