Swain County Man Has Standoff with Sheriff’s Deputies Before Being Arrested

After a several hour standoff that resulted in the closing of Highway 19, Swain County deputies arrested suspect Charles Alvin Guess early Friday morning.  According to official reports, authorities received a call around 7:00 Thursday evening, reporting that a man was waving a gun on Highway 19 in the Nantahala Gorge. Deputies say when they arrived on the scene, Guess barricaded himself in his home and during the ensuing standoff began firing at them. Law enforcement then closed Highway 19 and evacuated civilians from the area. After several hours, deputies were able to take Guess into custody a little after 1:00 Friday morning. No injuries were reported from the incident. Guess has been charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer with more charges pending. He is being held at the Swain County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.