Armed man distraught over breakup barricades himself in house, shoots at police: Report

A suspect shot at police officers trying to negotiate with him after he barricaded himself in an Atlanta home early Thursday morning.

WSB-TV 2 reports that the suspected gunman is “down” as of Thursday morning, following a five-hourlong standoff with police. At about 2 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to reports of gunshots at a home in northwest Atlanta. The news station reports that the suspect himself is believed to have been the 911 caller.

When police arrived, the suspect reportedly began shooting at them, but no officers were hit. The suspect reportedly refused to speak with police and SWAT officers, but spoke on the phone with family members, who in turn communicated with authorities. The relatives reportedly said that the suspect, who has been identified only as a man in his thirties, was going through a breakup.

Police and SWAT officers reportedly waited for hours to attempt peaceful contact with the subject, asking neighbors to remain in their homes.

“We’re going to try and establish contact with the person in the house, see if we can get this to come to a peaceful end,” Lt. Jeff Cantin said earlier Thursday morning.

By 8:15 a.m., police reported that the suspect was down. Authorities have not released further details except to confirm that shots were fired.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.


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