WALHALLA – Oconee County authorities say a man who refused to surrender to police after his wife called 911 and said he was firing gunshots in their house gave up peacefully after an eight-hour standoff.

Sheriff’s deputies said 44-year-old James Pyles refused to talk to officers when they arrived at his Walhalla home around 8 p.m. Thursday and occasionally fired shots at deputies who surrounded his home. His wife was able to escape.

Investigators say Pyles finally gave up when an armored vehicle and a robot arrived from nearby Anderson County.

Pyles is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and may face additional charges. It wasn’t clear if he had a lawyer.