Suspect killed after Smyrna standoff
By SAEED AHMED
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/05/06
An armed man, suspected of trying to rob a woman and carjack a man, was shot and killed by police after a four-hour standoff in Smyrna Tuesday evening.
The man, who was not immediately identified, had holed up in the yard of a home on King Springs Road after unsuccessfully trying to rob a woman and a Publix supermarket and then exchanging gunfire with the driver of a sports utility vehicle, police said.
Smyrna officers, with help from Cobb County police department's SWAT team, tried for hours to coax the man out before eventually deciding to subdue him with bean bag rounds, said Smryna police Sgt. Robert Harvey.
The rounds knocked the man down, but he got back up and pointed his gun at SWAT officers who had entered the yard, Harvey said.
The man was then shot and killed.
The stand-off stemmed from an incident at a Publix supermarket on South Cobb Drive when the man tried to rob a woman about 1:30 p.m., police said.
The woman resisted, forcing the man to drive off in a car.
With a description provided by the woman, police were able to spot the man about 1.5 miles away at a gas station on South Cobb Drive and King Springs Road.
Harvey said the man walked into the store and changed clothes. When police confronted him, he ran into the Keeneland Farm apartment complex behind the gas station.
There, the man tried to carjack a Chevrolet Suburban with two children inside, police said. But the driver of the Suburban pulled out a handgun and fired at the man.
The man fired back, but no one was hurt, Harvey said.
The man then ran from the apartment complex along King Springs Road for about 150 feet before diving into the backyard of a single-family home, police said.
Harvey said officers tried negotiating with him, trying to convince him to surrender while at the same time ensuring that he did not leave the yard.
Students at three schools in the area, all within a few of miles, were kept at the schools for a brief period after the normal dismissal time, said Cobb County Schools spokesman Jay Dillon.
"The students themselves were never in any danger," Dillon said. "Initially we held all the buses, then released the ones that weren't going to the evacuated neighborhood."
An officer was sent to the house to remain with a resident inside the house. Police had deemed it too risky to try and get him out, Harvey said.
"Once [the man's] actions became a little agitated, we realized we were going to have to take some more measures," Harvey said.
The county police SWAT team officers then moved into the yard, and ordered the man to drop his weapon. He refused, Harvey said.
The shooting followed.