Deputies said a western North Carolina man who barricaded himself inside his home Thursday night fired shots at them before he was eventually apprehended.
Swain County deputies said his officers were called to a home on U.S. 19 in the Nantahala Gorge community about 7 p.m. where they learned Charles Guess, 49, had barricaded himself inside his home.
Deputies said Guess was believed to have several firearms and ammunition inside the home and at one point, he fired several shots at deputies. During the standoff, deputies said Guess talked with dispatchers multiple times on the phone.
Guess remained inside his home for more than five hours before the standoff was resolved without injury, deputies said. Guess was arrested and charges were pending.
Deputies said U.S. 19 was blocked off during the incident and about 30 people from nearby vehicles were evacuated because they were in the line of fire. Law enforcement was eventually able to reunite them with their vehicles.
Nantahala Outdoor Center and the Rivers End Restaurant opened their business during the night to assist with evacuees, deputies said. Additionally, law enforcement units from Swain County, Bryson City, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Graham County, Cherokee County, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the U.S. Forest Service helped with the standoff along with local paramedics and firefighters.
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