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Siler City standoff ends with man's death

Posted September 29, 2010

— A standoff between Chatham County deputies and an armed man in Siler City that lasted almost 24 hours ended Wednesday afternoon when deputies found the man dead inside his home, authorities said.

Deputies tried to serve warrants on Jason Arthur Teleki, 38, at his home on Green Hill Drive at about 6 p.m. Tuesday when Teleki barricaded himself in the house.

The warrants charged Teleki, a registered sex offender, with first-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a child, authorities said.

Deputies fired tear gas into the house late Tuesday, and when they tried to force their way inside the house around midnight, Teleki opened fire on them, said Maj. Gary Blankenship of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. The deputies then returned fire as they backed out of the house, he said.

One bullet hit a deputy's protective shield, but no one was injured, authorities said.

Together with Siler City police, state Highway Patrol troopers, State Bureau of Investigation agents and Randolph County deputies, Chatham County deputies surrounded the house, evacuated nearby residences and blocked off nearby streets while they tried to negotiate with Teleki to resolve the standoff, authorities said.

Authorities sent a robotic device from the SBI's bomb squad into the house early Wednesday, Blankenship said, but no movement was detected inside after the exchange of gunfire.

Chatham County Sheriff's Office patrol car Siler City standoff ends with man's death

On Wednesday afternoon, the Chatham County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to place a fiber-optic camera inside the house. The camera showed Teleki lying on a bed, and authorities said he appeared to be dead.

Members of the Special Incident Response Team entered the house at about 3:15 p.m. and found Teleki dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities wouldn't say whether Teleki committed suicide or whether a gun was found near his body. His body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

The SBI is investigating the case.

Teleki served 19 months in prison for a 1992 conviction on an indecent liberties charge, according to the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.


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  • mad_dash Oct 1, 2010

    Yeah what a happy ending.. Im so glad that monster will never touch a child again! He is where he needs to be now!

  • nighttrain2010 Sep 30, 2010

    smalldogsrule, I understand your points. My point, was from the beginning, a more BROAD issue of police misconduct (as at the time of my original post nothing was known about the specifics of the warrant). No knock warrants have been quite an issue with this misconduct that has been reported over the past few years.

    I meant NO support for this individual, his crime, or anything of the like. It's quite clear my point has been lost in the discussion. For that I apologize and I apologize if my stance was mistaken to be in support for the individual in question. It was not

  • smalldogsrule Sep 30, 2010


    just to help you understand.

    1. Warrants are issued by a judge or magistrate (Judicial Officials)

    2. Law Enforcement Officers (Specifically Sheriff's Deputies) do NOT have the dicretion to serve or not serve a warrant. It is a JUDICIAL ORDER.

    3. ALL Warrants get served.

    4. SELDOM do the serving deputioes know how the servee will react.

    5. It is RARE that they will know in advance if an offender is violent or potentially so. They will prepare appropriately at that point.

    6. This probably started with a deputy knocking on the door (the Sheriff really hates when we kick them in, it gets expensive) and the offender OVER-REACTING in an effort to avoid going to jail he brandished a weapon and took a shot.

    7. After identifying a threat, the deputies called for assistance and described the situation.

    8. The SUPERVISING OFFICIAL gave direction as to which forces would be deployed.

    9. They offender (deceadent) is TOTALLY responsible for the increase.

  • thepeopleschamp Sep 30, 2010

    "When I don't know what the warrant is for yes, I'm going to err on the side of the person in the house." nighttrain2010

    This is too easy. So you are on the side of allll the child abusers, murderers, wife beaters etc.. if the police don't check with you first?

    And to correct you further, it is "considered innocent until proven guilty", and that is simply a concept of burden of proof required in a court room. It has NOTHING to do with innocent or not when its time to serve a warrant.

  • greywolf30 Sep 30, 2010

    When I don't know....... u said it all

  • cjnall Sep 30, 2010

    One side of this situation that hasn't been thought about is the man's family. Regardless of what he did or didn't do, he was someone's son or brother or grandson or other family connection. I have to believe he did have good qualities also that allowed his family to love him. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to his family along with the LEO that were involved and their families. No winners in this situation...just sadness, worry and pain.

  • ncguy Sep 30, 2010

    No more children will be hurt..

    end of story

  • nighttrain2010 Sep 30, 2010

    >>"I'm going to err on the side of the person in the house". The fact is you posted those words. The fact is the "person in the house" was a registered sex offender

    When I don't know what the warrant is for yes, I'm going to err on the side of the person in the house. Mainly because I believe in the silly concept innocent until proven guilty.

    What really amazes me is that when I posted my comments (of note I did NOT know what the warrant was for so please let go of the 'I support child accusers' claim) so many are willing to err on the side of the police no matter what. My ENTIRE point is the police are not always right. In this case they WERE. What is worrisome is that even bringing up this point about the police gets you labeled a supporter of child abuse

    Give it a rest.

    A) I do not 'hug trees', I am a ultra conservative libertarian.
    B) there may not have necessarily been a 'right' answer although it seems 'standoffs' are becoming more common than before.

  • didisaythat Sep 30, 2010


    It is so easy for you to sit and say it could have been handled differently. How do you suggest things be handled differently? If you go into a situation not knowing what the othere person is going to do you can only prepare so much. People say arrest him away from home. Ok, we make a traffic stop and he runs and hits a bus full of nuns. Yep you would criticize the police for chasing. Ok we get him walking away from his house and takes out a gun and kills a kid playing in a yard after shooting at police. Ok the liberals take the right to bear arms away. He takes out a knife and throws it at the kid and kills him. So every situation has a good ending and a bad ending. The criminal decides how that is not the police.

  • CrewMax Sep 30, 2010

    SBI is investigating. Case closed.