Georgia standoff ends with several dead

Georgia standoff ends with several dead

Georgia standoff ends with several dead

Police confirmed to a WSB reporter that the alleged gunman killed himself.

Police said they were called to the neighborhood about 10:45 a.m. Thursday on a "trouble unknown" call. Smith said one of the officers was hit in the upper torso but couldn't get into the details of their injuries.

Grady Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Denise Simpson says the two injured Henry County officers were being treated there Thursday afternoon. The primary focus for police now is securing the release of the juvenile and making sure no one else gets hurt, Smith said. The sister of the pregnant woman told WSB she had found her dead and called police, triggering the standoff. "We're going to wait as long as we can".

Henry County police officers went to the home about 20 miles south of Atlanta on Thursday morning and found a gunman barricaded inside with the 16-year-old, they said.

Smith identified the victims as 16-year-old Arkeyvion White and his mother, Sandra White, more than eight months pregnant.

Police believe the suspect shot himself. Authorities chose to fire several gas canisters into the home, at which point the suspect fired back at SWAT officers outside the home. Both officers are in their 30's and members of the SWAT team, Smith said.

Henry County has endured multiple shootings of police officers in the past two years.

Finally, in the pre-dawn hours Friday, police forced their way into the home and found three bodies.

A possible domestic situation in Georgia turned deadly Thursday when one civilian was killed, and two Henry County police officers were shot.

'We can't get very close to the house, ' Smith said, noting that the injured officers were shot after forcing their way into the home.

"We do not want to make a dynamic entry into the home", Smith said at a press conference.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr thanked police officers for their service, saying on Twitter, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry County Police officers who were shot today while putting their lives on the line to keep our communities safe".

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