Man arrested following standoff in Cedartown

August 3, 2022–4:42 p.m.


On Wednesday at around 1:52 a.m., the Polk County Police were dispatched to 107 Forrest Lane (Rolling Hills Subdivision – Cedartown) in reference to an unknown problem.

While en route, patrol officers were updated with information that a man had allegedly pointed a gun at a woman while threatening to kill her.

Officers were safely able to get all of the occupants out of the house, excluding the suspect.

It was determined that the suspect was armed with a shotgun, and had barricaded himself inside the residence.

Officers immediately established containment on the residence, and requested the Criminal Investigations Division.

The assistance of the Rome / Floyd County SWAT Team was also requested.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Rome / Floyd SWAT arrived on the scene a short time later.

The standoff culminated in SWAT deploying tear gas into the residence.

At 5:28 a.m., the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Joel Sisson of Cedartown, exited the residence.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Sisson was charged with:

– Aggravated Assault (x3 counts) (F)

– Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (F)

– Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime (F)

– Obstructing / Hindering Law Enforcement (M)

Polk County Police would like to thank the Cedartown Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Rome Police Department, Floyd County Police Department, and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance, adding “We are thankful that this situation was resolved in a peaceful manner for all parties involved.”

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