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Hours-Long Standoff Ends In Lawrence County

Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 22, 2016

A standoff between a man and police that lasted several hours has ended outside of Lawrenceburg with the suspect in custody.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jimmy Brown told NewsChannel 5 that the suspect, Gary Robinson, used a shotgun to shoot at two Lawrence County deputies approaching the house on Lillie Lane he was holed up in on Saturday. Neither deputies were hit.

Brown said Gary Robinson went after his brother Terry Robinson with a sledgehammer earlier in the day.

Terry Robinson told NewsChannel 5 his brother Gary hit him at least two times with the sledgehammer after arguing over a land dispute.

The Lawrence County Sheriffs Office said three children also escaped injury from the sledgehammer wielded by Gary Robinson.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Hannah said Robinson then holed himself in his home, repeatedly refusing to come out. 

Sheriff Brown said after hours of negotiation that didn't go anywhere, a robot was used to survey the area, and tear gas was fired into the home, which prompted Robinson to give up peacefully.

Robinson has now been facing two counts of attempted murder.