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16-year-old killed by SWAT sniper following standoff in Cherokee


     Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an armed person call Tuesday afternoon at approximately 5:50pm. The location of the incident was 921 Laurel Crest Drive inside the Eagle Watch subdivision.  Responding deputies determined a 16 year old male was armed with a 357 Magnum revolver and had threatened to shoot his mother. The mother, who was the 911 caller, was safely removed from the house; however the suspect remained barricaded inside the residence.

     Hostage negotiators and the SWAT Team were called to the scene. Negotiators communicated by phone and in person with the suspect. Negotiators, who had worked their way very close to the front door witnessed the suspect pouring alcohol on the curtains inside the home and heard him threaten to burn the home. After approximately 1 hour of negotiations, the suspect either fired his weapon through the glass in the front door or broke the glass with his firearm. A sniper, who was in a position across the street, fired one round from his rifle in an attempt to protect the negotiators who were within a few feet of the front door. The suspect was shot in the abdomen and transported to Kennestone Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

      As in all officer related shootings, the GBI was called and is currently investigating the shooting. The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay which is protocol for this type of event. The juvenile suspect’s name is not being released.

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