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Man arrested at Jackson motel after standoff with police

A man accused of assaulting a person at a Jackson motel Wednesday morning was arrested following a stand-off with authorities.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Jackson Inn Motel shortly after 9:30 a.m. A caller reported being assaulted in the lobby area and that the suspect was armed with a pistol that was used to strike the victim, but the caller was uncertain as to whether it was a real pistol or an airsoft. The suspect retreated to some living quarters on the second floor following the incident.

Deputies arrived within minutes and entered the lobby, where they noticed the suspect standing at the top of a stairwell holding a pistol. Deputies retreated and began to evacuate tenants from rooms, along with the victim, who authorities say was visibly injured but declined treatment. The HEAT Tactical Team, which happened to be in Jackson for training, was then called to the scene.

Authorities at that point began negotiating with the 28-year-old male suspect. After about two hours of talks with the suspect, he surrendered around 12:10 p.m. The suspect, whose name had yet to be released, was examined on the scene by paramedics. After being cleared he was then arrested and charged with probable cause second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and domestic assault-strangulation. A pistol was recovered at the scene.

The motel was turned back over to management and tenants were allowed to return.

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