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Update: Police ID man arrested in Ocean Springs standoff

OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Jackson County sheriff's SWAT team apprehended a wanted man who had barricaded himself in an Ocean Springs home and engaged in a standoff with federal agents Wednesday afternoon.

The standoff at Gibson Road and U.S. 90 lasted more than two hours as federal marshals tried to persuade George A. Kelley, 42, to surrender, U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force Supervisor Randolph Brouillette said.

Kelley refused to even acknowledge the agents, prompting them to request assistance from Jackson County's SWAT team and Ocean Springs police, Brouillette said.

The SWAT team forcibly entered the home and took Kelley into custody without incident.

Kelley was wanted by Okaloosa County, Fla., authorities on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary and failure to appear in court, Brouillette said.

At the time, no one else was in the home, which belongs to one of Kelley's relatives and is in a neighborhood on the city's east side.

The sight of armed officers in the area shortly before 1 p.m. raised neighbors' concerns.

"I rode by and there's about 40 cops out there," said Earl Etheridge, Jackson County emergency services director.

Kelley was booked into the Jackson County jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Florida.

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