A hostage situation involving family violence was brought to a successful conclusion Sunday when Ware County deputies and detectives were able to talk a man holding his estranged wife at gunpoint into surrendering, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
Brad Hardee, 37, was being held in the Ware County jail without bond, said Royal. The victim was transported for treatment of a broken arm, he said.
Ware County 911 received a call from a female relative of Hardee’s at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the caller saying that she believed her sister-in-law was being held at gunpoint at an apartment in Jamestown.
Royal said deputies arrived and evacuated the apartment complex on Brogdon Road and set up a perimeter, then made verbal contact with Hardee.
The woman who called 911 told officers she was able to talk Hardee into letting an 8-year-old girl leave the apartment under the premise she was going to be taken shopping, said Royal.
“While she was there trying to get the little girl out of the house, she said she saw the woman and the woman made signals to indicate that she was being held against her will,” said Royal. “The suspect was known to be armed with a handgun. We later recovered a 9mm pistol.”
Royal said at one point during the negotiations, the man walked outside, but he immediately re-entered the dwelling. Deputies talked to him using the PA systems on their patrol units and were able to talk him into surrendering.
“The 37-year-old female victim had a fractured arm and possibly other injuries,” Royal said. “She was taken to the local emergency room to have treatment and may possibly need surgery.”
Hardee is charged with aggravated assault family violence, aggravated assault, family violence, cruelty to children, kidnapping, false imprisonment, interfering with a 911 call and possession of a handgun during the commission of a crime, Royal said.
“These deputies did a phenomenal job of handling the situation, remaining calm, following their training and ending a tenuous situation without anyone else getting hurt,” said Royal. “They did exactly what was required in that situation.”