Local News

April 23, 2014

Charges undetermined following standoff (Updated 5:45 p.m.)

Police have yet to decide whether to press criminal charges against a man they say was armed and intoxicated while barricading himself in his office at a carpet mill in downtown Dalton Tuesday evening.

Officers surrounded the building with guns and eventually coaxed the man to come out after about four hours.

Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said Brent Pickard, 45, of Ooltewah, Tenn., was taken to Hamilton Medical Center Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. Pickard remained there as of Wednesday afternoon. Frazier said Pickard is “physically fine” as far as investigators know. Because of concerns about violating federal privacy laws, Frazier declined to elaborate on why Pickard remained in the hospital.

Dalton police along with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and state probation officers responded to the Eligere Carpet and Rugs building at 1029 S. Hamilton St. where Pickard is president about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after someone called 911. The caller said Pickard had come into the building with a gun and appeared agitated after an argument with his wife. It isn’t believed that he threatened anyone.

Police were able to contact Pickard by phone within the first hour, Frazier said. Pickard eventually agreed to leave in an ambulance. No one was hurt.

Frazier declined to elaborate on what happened inside the building until the investigation is further along.

“We’re still working on the case,” Frazier said. “We haven’t made any determination on charges.”

A woman who answered the phone at Eligere Wednesday afternoon said “everybody that works there is like family,” adding she could not discuss the situation without first speaking with Pickard.

Pickard emerged from the building about an hour after Dalton attorney Marcus Morris went inside and spoke with him. Morris didn’t immediately return messages left for him on Wednesday.

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