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Pleasant Garden standoff: Man in custody after firing shots at deputies

Guilford County deputies were at a home attempting to serve a search warrant before they said shots were fired at them.

PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. — A man is behind bars after shooting at deputies who were trying to perform a search warrant in the Pleasant Garden neighborhood Thursday afternoon. 

Deputies said they were serving papers at Vance Britt's home on Beatle Drive when they were met with resistance. 

Lt. Craig Apple said the 57-year-old refused to open his door for deputies.

Following an hour-long standoff, law enforcement broke down the door.

When they entered the home, the Guilford County Sheriff's Office said Britt pulled out a gun and deputies fired shots. They said that's when Britt barricaded himself and fired multiple rounds at deputies.

Apple said no one was hurt, but law enforcement retreated afterwards.

"At the end of the day, it's great, it's exactly how you want it to [end]. You want somebody to voluntarily comply and always take the easy route, but this ended as well as it could have," said Apple.

Apple said multiple agencies responded to the scene. 

According to the Detective Allen from the Guilford County Sherriff's Office, the SWAT Team came in and made entry into the home

Neighbor Marvin Taylor said he saw dozens of law enforcement out in front of his home. He lives on the street next to where the standoff occurred. 

Taylor said he was on the way to pick up his granddaughter from school when he noticed the heavy police presence. 

"I saw them coming down the road, three or four of the law and I didn't think much of it. I went on and picked up my granddaughter and then when I come back, they were scattered everywhere on the road. There were probably 50 cars here already," said Taylor.

Apple said Britt was taken into custody, then to the hospital with minor injuries that weren't associated with the gunfire.

He is charged with seven counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm. His bond was set at $1,000,000. 

Guilford County Sheriff's Office said since no one hurt, the SBI won't be investigating. 


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