Man arrested after hours-long standoff with Atlanta police

ATLANTA — A man was arrested after an hours-long standoff with Atlanta police on Wednesday morning.

The standoff happened around 2 a.m. on the 1000 block of Katherwood Drive. The man was barricaded inside one of the homes for about seven hours.

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Channel 2 Action News cameras on the scene captured a large police presence, which had blocked off much of the area.

A neighbor, Shawn Wainright told Channel 2′s Bryan Mims that the suspect had been threatening him and his 19-year-old son since they moved in a couple of months ago and he doesn’t know why.

“Not only myself but other roommates as well, arguing with them. Then it just escalated and literally every other week there was something different that would occur,” Wainwright said.

Then, early Wednesday morning, he says the man waved a rifle and displayed a handgun, threatening to kill them.

“He made his point very clear,” Wainright said. “Not only did he have his gun sitting there for a long period of time, he then walked over to me and my child, made a threat and went back to his side of the porch and picked up his assault rifle and put it back down.”


Wainright said he and his child left the area and a short time later, started hearing gunshots. That’s when he called 911.

He said this was not the first time the man had made threats to Wainright or his son.

Officers were heard negotiating with the man to get him to leave the home with his hands up.

Around 9:30 a.m., officers led the man out of the house in handcuffs

Police told Channel 2 Action News that nobody was injured.

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“I’m leaving today. I have to leave. This is too much for me. Enough is enough. I have to worry about the safety and well-being of my child,” Wainwright said.

Steven Parris lives a few doors down and says he’s never noticed any trouble at the house.

“I’m glad it didn’t escalate further than it needed to,” Parris said.

Police have not identified the man who was arrested.