Day-Long Hostage Standoff in Georgia: Three Dead and Two Police Officers Injured
A pregnant woman and a teenager were killed in the 15-plus hostage standoff that took place in Henry County, Georgia.
The situation began just before 11 a.m. on April 4. The sister of the pregnant woman found her dead and immediately called the police fearing for the life of the 16-year-old teen that was being held as a hostage.
The first two police officers who went to the house responding to a domestic disturbance report were shot. Even though one was hit in the hand and the second one in the hip, they are in stable condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Police say a 16-year-old boy is being held hostage, barricaded inside a Georgia home with a gunman who opened fire on two officers. The ordeal may have started as a domestic situation, authorities say, and a woman was able to escape the home.https://t.co/KpPOrJOD0W— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 4, 2019
Soon later, SWAT officers arrived at the scene, but the suspect “refused to provide proof of the well-being of a female and 16-year-old inside [the] residence,” revealed the authorities, who even fired several gas canisters into the house.
“We’re hoping he was going release the 16-year-old. He said he would, and we’re just standing by waiting,” Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith said at a Thursday afternoon news conference in the neighborhood south of Atlanta where the standoff unfolded.https://t.co/kysPPvCohF— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) April 5, 2019
Not only the woman who made the call but also Henry County Police Capt. Joey Smith hoped that the suspect would release him unharmed. However, after more than 15 hours trying to make the criminal cooperate with the police, he killed the teen and possibly shot himself.
"We're hoping he was going release the 16-year-old. He said he would, and we're just standing by waiting," revealed Smith in the middle of the standoff.
Smith also said that they didn’t want to make “a dynamic entry” and considered that it was “helpful” that the suspect was still communicating with them. Police finally got into the house at about 3:30 a.m. and they found the three bodies.
The reasons why the suspect committed such a crime are still a mystery.
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