COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Cobb County police say a man who barricaded himself into a Cobb County gas station has peacefully surrendered.

The call came in following reports of an armed man at the Texaco on Riverside Parkway near Austell. 

"A gunman apparently earlier today, walked into the store was waving a gun around," Cobb County Police Sgt. Wayne Delk said. "There were some shoppers in the store - they immediately ran out of the store."

Delk said employees also escaped through the back door.

"He was just in the store by himself," Delk said. "He didn't make any demands and when officers arrived, of course, they attempted to make contact with him - he wasn't responding."


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He added that the area adjacent road was shut down as officers responded.

"You have someone who goes into a store and is waving a weapon around and threatening possible violence, of course, we're going to respond," he said. "Our main concern was keeping the citizens in the area safe. SO, we're going to shut everything down to make sure he doesn't have access to additional people once we have him cordoned off from everyone."

Delk said the suspect remained seated for a period of time but eventually stood up revealing he no longer had a weapon. SWAT officers were then able to get him to surrender.

The suspect's name hasn't been released and it's unclear what charges he'll face. Authorities still don't know the man's motive or if drugs or alcohol were involved.