At around 4:45 Wednesday afternoon (July 24th), a stand-off between law enforcement officials and a burglary suspect began, when the Gulf Coast Regional US Marshal Service contacted local officers about the suspect they had located at the Leesburg Lodge.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver and Leesburg Police Chief Lanny Ransum went with the Marshal Service officers to the facility to take the subject into custody.
However, the man barricaded himself in the room and refused to come out.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver briefed WEIS Radio News on the circumstances.
The Sheriffs Office placed a phone-like device at the door to the room and spoke with the subject over a loudspeaker system – instructing him to reach out the door and take the unit inside so they could communicate with him.
We then asked the sheriff to share his thoughts on the new loudspeaker phone unit that was used in the stand-off:
Afterwards, we spoke with Leesburg Police Chief Ransum and he summed up the situation.
The subject was taken into custody at approximately 8:00pm, and was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft of Property 2nd Degree and Breaking & Entering of a Vehicle.
Davidson was wanted in connection with a burglary in Cedar Bluff, during which guns had been taken from the residence. Some of those weapons had been recovered prior to the stand-off from another location.
Davidson could also be facing charges in Georgia.