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UPDATE: Walker Co. SWAT captures Chattanooga fugitive

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ROSSVILLE, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE: A Rossville neighborhood was put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon, as Walker County's SWAT team had a near 3-hour standoff with a Tennessee fugitive.

"I just come home for lunch and saw it all right then," says Steve Seymour, who lives just two doors down from where authorities took 31-year old Timothy Bernard Pam into custody Wednesday. Pam was a fugitive from Chattanooga who was being pursued by the U.S. Marshal's Office, after a traffic stop in RossviLle a few weeks ago.

"Suspect was driving a stolen vehicle out of Chattanooga and he fled on foot from the officer, was in the possession of a firearm, that's basically what started it," explains Chief Sid Adams, Rossville's Public Safety Director, moments after Pam was captured. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says marshals tracked Pam to a Brown Avenue residence by the suspect's cell phone.

Officers surrounded the building and ordered Pam to give himself up. When Pam didn't comply, deputies fired some 20-rounds of tear gas into the apartment.

"Normally, that many rounds of gas being into that small of a building, he would have come out," reasoned Wilson. But Pam didn't budge, requiring officers to ram the door and forcibly enter the apartment.When officers gained entry, they discovered the suspect, barricaded inside a closet.

"With a mattress and covers over him and apparently, that is how he was able to survive the gas from overtaking him," said Sheriff Wilson. Meanwhile, Steve Seymour says this is the first standoff he's ever seen in his Rossville neighborhood and hopes its the last. 

"But its something to live across the street though," says Seymour. 

Pam and a 33-year old girlfriend, identified as Tiffany Zapata, are in the Walker County Jail and expected to make their first court appearance Thursday. Zapata faces one count of hindering law enforcement, Sheriff Wilson says Zapata lied to investigating officers about Pam's actual whereabouts.Pam faces charges that include felon in possession of a firearm, auto theft and evading arrest.


PREVIOUS STORY:  A man, wanted in connection to several crimes, is in custody following a standoff with police.U.S. Marshals received information that 31-year-old Timothy Bernard Pam was at a home on Brown Avenue in Rossville. Using Pam's cell phone, investigators tracked Pam to the Rossville address, where they attempted to serve an arrest warrant. 
 
Authorities tell Channel 3 a standoff began around 12:30 Wednesday when Pam refused to come out of the home. Residents in the area were told to stay in their homes and businesses were placed on lockdown. 

The Walker County Sheriff's Office, Rossville Police Department and Georgia State Patrol dispatched officers to the scene. A total of 20 canisters of gas were thrown into the home in an attempt to get Pam to come out. Officers eventually stormed the home. They found Pam hiding in a closet. He surrendered peacefully. 

Pam will face a long list of charges. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson tells Channel 3 Pam's girlfriend, 33-year old Tiffany Zapata was also arrested after lying to police about Pam's location.

Stay with Channel 3 for more on this developing story. 
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