AUBURN - About 20 members of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department SWAT team Tuesday helped Auburn police arrest a man the chief called a convicted felon after neighbors reported hearing shots fired inside a Wynfield Lane home at 1:20 p.m.
Upon entering, police officers suspected they had uncovered a dogfighting operation when they found 14 dogs and about a half-dozen cats living inside the home, although officials determined that to be unfounded, Auburn Police Chief Fred Brown said.
Jarron Devol Daniels of Auburn remains in the Barrow County jail awaiting a bond hearing. He is charged with probation violation, obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud, forgery or concealment, discharging a firearm inside the city limits, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Daniels had outstanding Barrow County warrants for felony probation violation of aggravated stalking, police reports said.
Auburn police called for assistance from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's SWAT team when police officers on the scene could not get anyone to answer the door.
"We knew he was in the house, we had reports of gunshots, he is a convicted felon and we have a past history of domestic violence at that house," Brown said. "We also thought there might be mean pit bulls inside."
Police reports note that officers could see "a great number" of pit bulls inside the garage.
A member of the tactical team made telephone contact with Daniels through Daniels' sister, Brown said.
"He was hiding in the attic, with the insulation," Brown said. "They told him to give up or else they were coming in, and he did."
Police found a .45 caliber pistol inside the house, Brown said.
Daniels surrendered at 2:50 p.m. Police officers held back school buses during the incident.
"It wasn't really scary," Brown said. "We had it contained, we knew our limitations and we relied on the professionals to secure the scene."
Although the incident happened in Barrow County, Brown asked the Gwinnett County Sheriff's SWAT team for help because of its high level of professionalism, he said.
"They are excellent," Brown said. "They came within 15 minutes."
Sheriff Butch Conway inspected the home and determined that its residents had no connection to dogfighting.
"The girl who lives there is a vet tech, and she brings strays home," Brown said. "We found all kinds of dogs in all sizes and colors. The code enforcement officer had her trim the number down to six, and she farmed out the rest to friends and family."