Police Standoff Sends Clarkesville Man To Jail For Terroristic Threats

Clarkesville - A police standoff over the weekend resulted in one Clarkesville man arrested on multiple charges including terroristic threats.

Kenneth Raymond Parks, in his 60’s, has been charged with felony terroristic threats and acts and misdemeanor counts of obstruction and disorderly conduct, following a police standoff where he threatened to shoot at officers.

Sunday around 1:45 p.m. police responded to a call at 124 Ritchie Street in Clarkesville of a “person acting erratic and disoriented, causing a disturbance and using profanity,” says Clarkesville Police Chief Brad Barrett.

“It seemed like he was disoriented and hallucinogenic,” Barrett said. 

Barrett tells WCHM that officers responded to the area on two occasions Sunday. “We spoke to the individual once and he seemed to be receptive, but we received a second call about 30 minutes later for the same thing,” Barrett notes.

Parks spoke with authorities before fleeing indoors and locking the door behind him. He then proceeded to make threats against the officers, saying he “would shoot the officer.”

Other law enforcement units were then called in to set up around the location to make sure Parks could not flee. 

“We tried to negotiate with him, and he again stated that he had a firearm and would shoot through the wall,” Barrett said. 

Authorities then obtained a search warrant and arrest warrants for Parks. 

Next began a negotiation. “We called in negotiators from Habersham County and Banks County Sheriff’s Office, and the Habersham County Special Response Team,” Barrett said. 

At approximately 7:48 p.m., roughly 6 hours later, Parks was apprehended.  No firearm was found.

Parks was then taken to Habersham Medical Center for further evaluation. No update on his condition or what led to his behavior has been released.

Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Demorest Police Department, North Georgia Technical College Police Department, and Banks County Sheriff’s Office were also on the scene.