Suspect dead after standoff with police in LaGrange
LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - A suspect is dead following police standoff in LaGrange.
The suspect, Brian Jessee, had multiple firearms and explosives in the home, according to police. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the GBI bomb squad, were on the scene. Police say Jesse fired over 300 rounds at them.
Officials tell News Leader 9 this incident started Monday around noon when police went to conduct a welfare check on two 8-year-old children in the home following Jessee’s ‘suicidal rant’ on Facebook. The children were taken into protective custody at that time.
Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, police came back to the home to execute an arrest warrant for Jessee. At that time, police evacuated the neighborhood when Jesse began to fire off rounds from an AR-15, authorities say.
Police say Jessee and his girlfriend, who has been cooperating with authorities, are renters at the home.
Around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, a fire started from the garage of the home. Our crew on the scene saw heavy smoke in the sky and heard multiple rounds of gunfire. Police say Jessee had arsenal stored in the garage. Multiple fire trucks responded to the scene.
Authorities have began to recover the suspect’s remains.
Law enforcement officials say there is no longer a threat in this area and Sunny Point Circle has reopened. Police warn drivers to use caution as the area is still congested.
GBI will investigate this incident since it was an officer-involved shooting.
The Troup County Coroner’s Office says remains, believed to be those of Jessee, were recovered around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. The remains were transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for examination and positive identification. The coroner says the cause and manner of death are undetermined at this time.
No officers were injured during this incident.
The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Once the investigation is completed, the case file will be given to the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office for review.
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