Suspect Arrested After 4-Hour Standoff

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

It’s been a long day for law enforcement officials who waited four hours for the suspect, Daniel Wilson Junior to surrender.

Police and sheriff's deputies made several attempts to communicate with Wilson to lure him out of the house, and hours later, Wilson finally surrendered.

Houston County Sheriff's officials responded to an assault call in Avon Wednesday morning. There, authorities say they found 72-year-old Dorothy Nicholas badly beaten by her son Daniel Wilson.

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said, "We had deputies arrive on the scene, set a perimeter, and evacuate the neighbors because we knew there were high powered rifles in with the suspect."

Nearby, neighbors were unnerved when asked to evacuate their homes because of the situation.

A neighbor, Sollie Riley said, "It frightened me and it scared me to know the boy would do his mother that way."

Sheriff Hughes says if hostages had been involved, they would have forced entry to the house, but because Wilson was the only person inside, it was safer for both the deputies and Wilson to wait out the situation.

Police and sheriff's deputies say they aren't sure why Wilson resisted arrest. He is being interviewed by the sheriff's office for any additional information.

Sheriff’s deputies did say Wilson has been in trouble with the law before, but this will be his first felony offense.

Wilson is charged with second degree assault for abusing his mother. Law enforcement officials say additional charges may be pending.

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