LaGrange police, GBI on scene of apparent standoff at Sunny Point Cir. and Moss Creek Dr. in LaGrange
LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - A man has barricaded himself in his home after firing several rounds at law enforcement in LaGrange.
According to LaGrange police, on Nov. 15, at approximately 12:50 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Sunny Point Circle in reference to conducting a welfare check on two 8-year-old children who were possibly inside the residence with a subject, later identified as Brian Jessee, threatening to commit suicide. Police resolved this issue and the children were safely remove from the residence.
On Nov.16, the LaGrange Police Department submitted proceedings for a mental health evaluation for Jessee and received a court order. However, before the order could be served, LPD received information that led them to obtain arrest warrants for six counts of felony terroristic threats, one county of second degree cruelty to a child and one count of felony obstruction.
At around 3:00 p.m., LPD received more information about Jessee having multiple firearms and explosives inside the residence. LPD began evacuating residents from the surrounding area. While evacuating the neighborhood, Jessee was seen in the 100 block of Sunny Point Circle with an AR-15. Jessee fired rounds from the gun putting officers and residents in imminent danger.
Incident Command and a perimeter was then established and more law enforcement was deployed including assistance from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Newnan Police Department, Peachtree City Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Explosives Division.
Over the next several hours, officers made multiple attempts to reach Jessee to safely resolve the incident but police were met with more gunfire.
Jessee then went back inside his residence where he has remained barricaded. Officers tried to gain entry with use of an armored vehicle but was met with gunfire for over an hour.
As of now, officers have deployed tear gas and smoke in an effort to minimize the risk of danger to Jessee and officers.
News Leader 9 spoke with one neighbor who describes the events that unfolded.
“[I] heard about 10 to 12 gun shots go off pretty heavy. It sounded like it was on top of us. and so we had heard through social media that our neighbor was on lockdown and a guy was in our neighborhood armed with a big gun,” said resident, Levi Evans. “So we kind of hid then 15 or 20 minutes later we heard more gunshots go off a little bit further this time but still directly behind us.”
The LaGrange Police Department has issued a warning on their Facebook page asking citizens to stay out of the area.
Residents are not allowed to enter or leave the neighborhood at this time.
This is a developing story. Stay with News Leader 9 online and on air for updates.
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