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Man wanted in Dawson found dead in Gilmer County
Has three hour standoff with authorities
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A man who was wanted by the Dawson County Sheriff's Office on charges of assault and battery was found dead in Gilmer County on Saturday.

The man, Roger Dale Garrett, 42, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound by Gilmer County deputies on Jan. 21 after a three-hour standoff.

According to Gilmer County Sheriff's Office Corp. Frank Copeland, a family member of Garrett contacted police on Jan. 20, advising that Garrett was threatening suicide and requesting a welfare check.

Copeland said that multiple attempts were made to reach Garrett that night but were unsuccessful.

The following morning, the family member called again and deputies began to search for Garrett. Deputies located a forest service road with an open gate located behind the rock quarry off Whitepath Springs Road.

According to Copeland, Garrett's truck was found stuck in the mud.

The deputies made contact with Garrett inside a storage building near his truck, and conducted conversations with Garrett through the closed door of the building.

Copeland said that during the conversation, Garrett informed deputies that he was armed with a firearm and intended to take his own life. Garrett eventually fired a round through the door of the building, which struck a boulder in front of the building.

The deputies maintained contact with Garrett, but after a while he ceased all communications, Copeland said. Several attempts were made to re-establish communication, but were unsuccessful.

Copeland said that Cherokee County Sheriff's Office SWAT members, whose assistance was requested, were able to gain entry into the building where Garrett was found deceased as the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A follow-up death investigation is being conducted and is pending results for an autopsy and crime lab results.

According to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson, the Dawson County Sheriff's Office had obtained two warrants on Garrett, one for aggravated assault and one for aggravated battery.

"Garrett was accused of choking a female companion to the point of her becoming unconscious," Johnson said. "[She] reports she believed Garrett dropped her on her face. [She] did sustain a broken front tooth and cuts to her face and lip."