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SWAT Team deploys chemical munitions to end 6-hour standoff in BlacksburgFree Access

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies took two men into custody Wednesday morning after a nearly 6-hour standoff at a home in Blacksburg. 

Lewis Bradley Jones

Deputies from the sheriff’s office, along with the Blacksburg Police Department, went to the home at 423 North Shelby Street around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, to locate a fugitive and serve outstanding arrest warrants.

When officers arrived, the suspect, 29-year-old Lewis Bradley Jones, ran into the home, grabbed a gun and threatened to shoot himself, sheriff Steve Mueller said. 

Officers were able to get a female and a child out from the home and called the Cherokee County SWAT Team and crisis negotiators to assist with the standoff. 

After more than five hours of negotiations, the SWAT Team deployed chemical munitions into the home. Jones then surrendered without incident around 3:45 a.m. 

Shawn Brandon Martin

Jones, who has a Grover, N.C., address, was out on bond from a May 2021 attempted murder charge. In late January, he cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and had been on the run for a little more than two months. 

A second man who was seen going into the home with Jones was also arrested after officers discovered he too had outstanding arrest warrants. Shawn Brandon Martin, 31, of Gaffney was wanted for a violation of probation. 

Both men were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center. 

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