At about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Gordon County deputy sheriffs were dispatched to the Express Inn on State Route 225 near Interstate 75 in response to a report of criminal activity and possible fugitives from justice.
The deputies made contact with two individuals, subsequently identified as Schalles Williams, age 55, of 211 Arrow Drive, Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and a male subject. Deputies arrested the woman outside her motel room, but the male produced a weapon before fleeing back inside the room. Other deputy sheriffs rapidly responded to the motel and cordoned off the area. After the male subject refused efforts to communicate with the officers, the Georgia State Patrol SWAT Team was summoned to the scene. State troopers attempted to negotiate with the man without success either. The troopers then deployed an armored, special purpose vehicle and broke down the motel room door and window. OC gas was deployed before the troopers subsequently entered the room and took the male, who has been identified as Wesley Swartout, age 52, who gave his address as 689 Highway 225, Calhoun, Georgia, into custody.
No one was seriously injured in this incident, with the exception of a few officers irritated by OC gas.
They have both been lodged in the Gordon County Jail. The investigation is still very active, and detectives are still at the scene gathering evidence. More details regarding the circumstances and criminal charges will be released as they become available.