The Burke County Sheriff’s Office charged Chris Hicks with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, after an approximate six- hour standoff required the use of modern technology in order to arrest him.
Deputies responded to a residence on Poole Melton Road in reference to a domestic disturbance Sunday, June 12 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Upon arrival, they met with the victim who advised them that her live-in boyfriend, Chris Hicks, had choked her until she was almost unconscious. He also placed a firearm in her mouth and threatened to kill her. The victim was able to get out of the residence and contact the BCSO via 9-1-1. The 30-year-old victim suffered several lacerations and superficial injuries as a result of Hicks’ attack.
Deputies who responded attempted to make contact with Hicks inside the residence, but he would not respond and they were advised that he was armed with multiple weapons and night vision devices and had barricaded himself inside.
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team was notified and responded to the incident location at approximately 8:45 p.m. The SRT members along with a negotiator attempted to make contact with Hicks inside the residence repeatedly, while other members evacuated neighboring houses in the area. Arrest warrants and a search warrant for Hicks and his residence were obtained after midnight on June 13, 2022.
Members of the SRT entered Hicks’ residence shortly after 1:00 a.m., utilizing the team’s armored vehicle to safely deliver members to the door of the residence. Officers then utilized a small room-clearing robot to help with the search due to propane tanks placed inside the home in key areas. Team members then located Hicks in the last bedroom of the residence along with another propane tank and firearms and he was taken into custody without further incident. Hicks was transported to the Burke County Detention Center.