BRUNSWICK, GA. | A Glynn County man is being held on family violence charges after a nine-hour standoff with police who responded to a call that he was holding his wife against her will, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said.

 

A Georgia State trooper was the first to respond Saturday to a 10 p.m. call to rural residence in western Glynn County where he was confronted by an uncooperative man, Doering said.

Glynn County police arrived and confirmed that a woman was being held against her will, Doering said.

Having received information that the man inside had guns ready and had threatened to shoot any officers who tried to arrest him, police began negotiating with him, Doering said.

Lt. Ricky Evans and Sgt. Resdin Talber negotiated with the suspect for more than six hours before his wife, Cynthia Huff, was allowed to leave the residence at 4:15 a.m., Doering said.

After learning that Cynthia Huff had been assaulted several times during the night and physically prevented from leaving, police obtained a warrant charging Harold S. Huff, 49, with false imprisonment, Doering said.

At 6 a.m., officers attempted to persuade Huff to give up, but he refused so they launched tear gas into the residence, Doering said.

There was no immediate response to the tear gas, but at 7 a.m. Huff gave up, Doering said.

Officers booked Huff into the Glynn County jail where he is being held on several family violence offenses, Doering said.

Officers seized six firearms from the house.

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405