Standoff: Police try to coax man from apartment

As of 2 a.m. Friday, authorities, including the Richmond County SWAT team, were continuing their efforts to coax a man from his west Augusta apartment after he allegedly threatened to shoot a sheriff's deputy in a Thursday night stand-off.

At about 10:11 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to Center West Villas, 1075 Bertram Road, after 911 officials received complaints about a noisy tenant who played loud music, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain, a SWAT team member.

When the deputy knocked on a door in the 600 building, a man inside the apartment threatened to shoot the deputy and the officer heard what sounded liked a gun being cocked, Lt. Partain said.

Police did not immediately identify the man, but it is believed he was armed and alone inside the apartment.

Neighbors who reside inside the 600 building were evacuated from the premises and watched as SWAT team members entered the building and approached the second-floor, rear apartment.

"All we can do at this point is wait. Hopefully we'll make some contact with him and we can all go home safely," Lt. Partain said.

"It's a waiting game."