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Routine police visit causes standoff

Robert Stringer, 26, was arrested by Jones County officials after a standoff in Soso. Photo Source Robert Stringer, 26, was arrested by Jones County officials after a standoff in Soso. Photo Source
Soso, MS -

Several law enforcement agencies joined forces Tuesday to validate registered sex offender's addresses around the Pine Belt, but the one visit quickly turned into a stand-off.

Officials with the Jones County Sheriff's Department and the United States Marshals Service went to ‘visit' an offender on Highway 533 in Soso, searching for 26-year-old Robert Stringer.

According to officials, no one answered the door when they arrived, and officers left the residence.

Officers said they received a distress call from the homeowner several minutes later, claiming that Stringer was at the residence, armed with a 30/30 rifle.

According to the victim, Stringer threatened to harm himself and others after saying, “I'm not going back to prison.”

Officials said Stringer surrendered after a brief negotiation with the

Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said, “The Jones County Sheriff's Department takes these situations very seriously.”

“We have created the Crisis Negotiation Team for this very reason and it has been more than effective- keeping our law enforcement, the public as well as the alleged suspect safe,” Hodge said.

Stringer was arrested on an unserved Jones County indictment, burglary of an inner door and felony possession of a firearm charges. He was transported to the Jones County Adult Detention Center.

Stringer is currently being housed in the Jones County Adult Detention Center, awaiting his first appearance.

The Record Address Visits were conducted by the Jones County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, Laurel Police Department, Ellisville Police Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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