Nearly six-hour SWAT standoff results in warrants for Griffin man’s arrest

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

A domestic-related call with a person threatening suicide Monday afternoon resulted in a SWAT callout for the Griffin Police Department.

Lt. Daniel Jett, the public information officer for the GPD, said that while en route to the location, officers were advised by Spalding E911 that 22-year-old Javon Goodman was threatening suicide if law enforcement attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant.

Jett said the standoff resulted from the suspicion the suspect was inside the residence located at 124 Tuscany Lane.

He explained that when the first officer arrived at the scene, Goodman fled inside the house and locked the door. Soon thereafter, a perimeter was established around the house.

When officers entered and searched the residence, it was discovered the suspect was not present.

According to Jett, the suspect is believed to have fled the scene soon after officers arrived, before a perimeter had been established.

Jett later said that interviews with multiple witnesses indicated Goodman had threatened suicide and was possibly under the influence of an unknown substance.

Numerous attempts to contact Goodman were made, but to no avail. The residence was ultimately searched by the SWAT Team.

“After we searched the residence and did what we had to do, he wasn’t in there, so he must have fled before we were able to set up the perimeter – in that few minutes,” he said.

Officers remained at the residence from approximately 1:30 to 7 p.m.

The suspect, 22-year-old Javon Goodman, is now being sought on two criminal warrants.

“He has warrants for violation for probation with the original charge being robbery and simple battery from today,” Jett said.

Jett said he believes today’s alleged domestic incident involved Goodman’s sister, who did not sustain an injury.

The residence was decontaminated by Griffin Fire-Rescue and released to the homeowner.

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