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Macon County Standoff: Inside The Bunker

We're getting an inside look at the bunker where a heavily armed man had an 18-hour standoff with Macon County deputies over the weekend.

51-year-old Robert Childs is charged with kidnapping, breaking-and-entering, and domestic criminal trespass. He allegedly held his estranged wife and their son hostage.

Authorities say it all started Saturday afternoon when Childs used an axe to bust through a door and into his estranged wife's home. When the first deputy arrived at the house on Bryson City Road, he says Childs was standing at the front door armed with a rifle. That's when the estranged wife and son slipped out the back door and the standoff began.

Childs barricaded himself in a narrow, ventilated area, hidden behind a basement wall. It was packed with more than two-dozen guns and boxes of ammunition. Also plenty of supplies, food and water.

"He was prepared to do whatever he needed to do to survive any kind of possibility of a takeover," said Sheriff Robert Holland.

Sheriff Holland says from Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning, a combined tactical team from multiple mountain agencies surrounded the house. Just before daybreak, percussion grenades and tear gas were lobbed through an outside vent. SWAT officers battered their way through the inside wall and found Childs wearing body-armor and a gas mask. They grabbed him and they dragged him out.

Childs is in the Macon County Detention Center held under a $100,000 bond. He may face additional charges based on his actions and threats against law enforcement officers.


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