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Standoff ends with arrest
Hostage freed after 10 hours in north Forsyth
Authorities are at the scene of an apparent hostage situation on Burruss Mill Road. - photo by Jim Dean

Authorities used force Tuesday morning to bring a nearly 10-hour hostage situation in northeastern Forsyth to an end.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said the suspect, 28-year-old Matthew Scott Whelchel, was taken into custody about 11 a.m. at a home on Burruss Mill Road.

According to House, deputies used a "percussion device" that removed the front door from its hinges.

House said Whelchel resisted arrest, but was subdued with a Taser and taken to the Forsyth County Detention Center. He did not require medical treatment.

Authorities have also recovered a shotgun Whelchel showed through a window of the house during the standoff.

House said a woman, who was apparently being held hostage inside, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Whelchel has been charged with one count each of terroristic threats and false imprisonment.

The situation began in the early morning hours Tuesday.

"We got a call at 1:37 this morning from an ex-girlfriend who said [Whelchel] had beat up his current girlfriend and was holding her hostage," House said.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, Whelchel refused to come outside or let the woman leave the home.

Authorities attempted to negotiate for hours with Whelchel, who House said is no stranger to authorities.

"He has been in our [detention center] quite a few times," he said.

He added that Whelchel’s most recent arrest was in August for battery under the family violence act, obstruction and cruelty to children.