An incident on Mountain Park Run in Loganville was resolved peacefully by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Shots were fired while deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)
LOGANVILLE — An eviction turned SWAT standoff was resolved peacefully in Loganville Wednesday morning.
Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies responded to 1831 Mountain Park Run around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to serve an eviction notice on the $275,000, stone and vinyl home. Nobody responded to initial knocks on the door, leading deputies to believe the home was vacant, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Dep. Shannon Volkodav said.
As authorities were preparing to enter the home, however, 54-year-old Kelvin Gourick reportedly came to a window and asked what they were doing. The deputies identified themselves and said they were serving an eviction.
“(Gourick) said something along the lines of, ‘No you’re not, I’m going to shoot you,’” Volkodav said. “And that’s when he fired a couple of rounds.”
It was unclear if the shots were fired directly at the deputies, but the law enforcement officers heard three more shots as they took cover. The SWAT team was activated at about 9:50 a.m.
Gourick barricaded himself inside the home as “at least eight” surrounding residences were evacuated. It wasn’t clear if negotiators ever made significant contact with Gourick, but he surrendered peacefully around 11:35 a.m., Volkodav said.
“My understanding is he basically looked out the window and … rethought his situation,” Volkodav said.
No one else was in the home at the time. Gourick was detained and, according to Gwinnett County jail records, was charged with aggravated assault and terroristic threats and acts. He is being held without bond.
Gwinnett County tax records showed Gourick had owned the Mountain Park Run residence since March 2007.
Cleon Vaughn lives around the corner from the incident scene. He said his aunt grew up with Gourick and called him a “normal hard-working civilian just trying to make it through every day.” His uncle and grandfather also knew Gourick — as well as his plight.
“They said they tried to kick him out the house before and he’s been giving it his all basically to stay, he’s been working real hard,” Vaughn said. “They said that people have been trying to help him out in certain ways and stuff like that.”