Norcross man surrenders in SWAT standoff

NORCROSS — After a four-hour standoff with the SWAT team, 43-year-old Kelvin Barefield surrendered to police.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, officers were called to Grove at Stonebrook Apartments on Beaver Ruin Road regarding a “domestic disturbance” by an anonymous caller. When they arrived to the scene, Barefield had littered the grass with most of the contents of his second-floor apartment.

When the officers attempted to speak with the subject, he would not open the door or respond to the officers.

At 5:20 a.m., Barefield began to shoot an unknown number of rounds at the officers, according to Gwinnett County spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Then, the SWAT team was called in.

Barefield continued to shoot at the SWAT team and throw things from his apartment, where he had barricaded himself.

The SWAT team evacuated nearby apartments and relocated the residents to a safe location while negotiating with the subject.

Around 8:30 a.m., the armed man gave up his gun. By 9 a.m., Barefield had been taken into custody by the SWAT team.

No one was hurt in the standoff.

Barefield has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault, one count of reckless conduct, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.

“The reason for Barefield’s actions, and the possibility of additional charges are under investigation,” said Smith.