Police: Intoxicated man fires gun in Winston-Salem home, prompts standoff

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The 1100 block of Don Avenue (Google Maps)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police say an intoxicated man was arrested Thursday night after he fired a gun inside his home and prompted a standoff.

Walter Louis Brown, 59, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to police, officers responded shortly before 5:15 p.m. to a report of a disturbance at 1105 Don Ave.  As officers were en route, they received further reports of a gunshot being fired inside the home.

When they arrived, police say they saw the suspect’s 29-year-old son escaping the house through a bedroom window.  The suspect remained inside, police said.

The suspect’s son told police his father was intoxicated, armed and had fired a gun inside their home.

Police say they surrounded the home and tried communicating with Brown, but he did not respond to their requests for him to come outside.  Additional officers were called to the scene to assist and residents in the 1100 blocks of Don Avenue and Ada Avenue were evacuated.  The surrounding roadways were also closed to traffic.

About an hour later, police say Brown surrendered.

No injuries were reported.

Brown was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.  He had a court appearance slated for Friday morning.  His mugshot was not available.

Police say they are still investigating the incident.