Originally created 10/01/97

Gunman surrenders after armed standoff



A gunman who police believe killed an Augusta man surrendered to Columbia County officials early Wednesday morning, ending a three-and-a-half hour armed standoff in Martinez.

Michael Andrew Phillips, 20, surrendered to police at 1:29 a.m. after holding SWAT teams at bay for more than three hours in the front yard of his mother's residence at 214 Hightower Drive in Martinez. He kept a 12-gauge shotgun pointed at his head while crisis workers talked him into turning himself in.

The incident began around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with a shooting on Cummings Road in Richmond County. Police say Phillips shot a man believed to be his father-in-law. The unidentified man sustained a stomach wound and died at the Medical College of Georgia hospital a short time later. Police say Phillips then fled to his mother's Martinez residence, where the standoff began at 9:50 p.m.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Morris said Phillips was transported to the Richmond County jail, where he remains awaiting charges.