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Hours-long SWAT standoff ends in suicide

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Updated: 2/09 2:06 am
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- SWAT agents blocked off a Lithonia neighborhood for hours keeping residents from their homes.

DeKalb police said three people were involved in the SWAT situation and one person died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Residents who live along South Deshon Road were directed around the house where this all took place Saturday night.

Authorities told Channel 2’s Jade Hernandez a man initially called police about a dispute over belongings. So officers escorted him to the home on the 1800 block of South Deshon Road.

Officers had him call the person inside, but the person on the other line hung up after learning authorities were outside.

“A gunshot was heard from inside the location, and the officers at that point backed off,” said DeKalb County Sgt. T.R. Thacker.

But police said two people were inside the home, so the SWAT team took over.

About six hours later, Thacker said the situation was over.

“One person has been brought out safely. Another person was found to be deceased in the location,” Thacker said.

The death was a suicide, by an apparent gunshot wound.

Neighbors during the standoff were forced to wait for the area near Stone Mountain Lithonia Road to reopen.

“They said you know, ‘It's for my safety not to go to the neighborhood,’” said neighbor Web Yvera.

Yvera waited three hours before he decided to drive to a nearby relatives house.

“I was taking my girlfriend home who lives on this street,” said neighbor Sheri Bratton.

Bratton used to live in this neighborhood.

“A lot of people who live behind Subway didn't even know this was happening so I called one of my neighbors and told them to lock the door and if you see any of your neighbors, let them know what happened,” Bratton said,

Bratton said she wanted to make sure no one else was caught off guard the way she was by the lights and armored swat vehicles.
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