Watch Cpl. Justin Samples, the Statesboro Police Department's public information officer, give a brief update on the standoff Thursday morning at a Harville Road residence. The situation was resolved, a man was taken into custody, and no injuries were reported.
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A man who barricaded himself in a house by blocking the front door with a lawn mower was taken into custody Thursday morning after holding off police for an hour, authorities said.
Later, authorities added, he got into a fight at the jail.
Jonathan Anderson, 30, of Harville Road, is charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a peace officer and violence in confinement, according to a news release jointly issued by the Statesboro Police Department and Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.
Police issued a Nixle alert warning drivers to avoid the area of Georgia Highway 67 and Burkhalter and Harville roads, where several law enforcement officers converged near a convenience store as the scene unfolded.
The standoff took place in a small white house on Harville Road behind H's Foodmart.
The situation began around 8:12 a.m. Thursday, when a Statesboro police officer approached Anderson's home to question him about a battery case when the suspect barricaded the door, the news release says.
When the officer heard what he thought was possibly a gunshot, he called for assistance from other police officers and sheriff's deputies, the release says.
When police entered the home around 9:09 a.m., Anderson attacked one officer with a baseball bat, Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins said.
After being taken to the Bulloch County Jail, Anderson "sucker punched" another inmate for no apparent reason, Akins said.
Anderson was under investigation in reference to an aggravated battery case that had occurred May 15 at Season's Apartments on Robin Hood Trail, according to the news release.
When "officers attempted to make contact with Anderson at a residence on Harville Road ... they heard what sounded like a gunshot from inside the residence," the release says. "The officers then called other units for assistance."
No injuries were reported during the incident. During the investigation after the suspect was taken into custody, law enforcement did not locate a gun in the residence, and there was no confirmation that a shot had been fired.
Area schools were placed on temporary lockdown as a "precaution," said Hayley G. Greene, the public relations specialist with the Bulloch County Board of Education.
"As a precautionary measure, Superintendent Charles Wilson placed Sallie Zetterower Elementary, Langston Chapel Elementary and Langston Chapel Middle School on lockdown due to the incident,." she said. "This is a precaution that we take anytime there is potential criminal activity in the vicinity of one of our campuses. Lockdown procedures can be initiated by either public safety personnel or the superintendent."
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Investigations Bureau at (912) 7649911. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to www.tipsoft.com or by sending a text message starting with "TIPSSPD" to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.