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Standoff between Housing Authority resident and police ends peacefully

CONYERS — A standoff involving police in a townhouse community operated by the Conyers Housing Authority ended peacefully after the suspect locked himself inside his residence.

According to Conyers Police Department Officer Kim Lucas, Erustus O. Abong of 1522 Eastmont Drive, became irate Thursday afternoon when he saw some employees with the Conyers Housing Authority working in the neighborhood.

“Abong caused a disturbance with them stating they were not permitted to be on the property and started filming them with cameras,” Lucas said. “The employees felt threatened enough to call the police. Officers responded to the area, and when they attempted to investigate the situation, Mr. Abong ran into the residence and locked himself inside.”

Lucas said the man’s wife and child were inside the home and Abong said he was contacting the major media outlets in Atlanta. Backup officers then arrived on the scene, along with members of the CPD Special Response Team.

“After some time, the SRT made entry into the rear of the residence, at which point Abong fled out the front door.”

Officers were able to apprehend the man around 5 p.m. and placed him in custody. He was charged with obstruction of law enforcement officers. Abong also has a warrant out of DeKalb County for failure to appear on a traffic offense, according to authorities. Lucas said Abong was also several months behind in his rent.

Lucas said in past dealings with Abong, the man has claimed to be a part of the Moorish Nation, members of which are known to claim to be sovereign citizens and are often uncooperative with law enforcement and other government officials.