70-year-old man arrested after fatally stabbing woman in SWAT standoff, APD says

ATLANTA — A welfare check turned into a SWAT standoff and eventually a homicide on Saturday night, Atlanta police said.

Officers arrived to a home on North Avenue in northwest Atlanta in reference to a welfare check. Authorities said a man, later identified as 70-year-old Curtis Lilly, was barricaded inside the home with a woman.

Atlanta PD’s SWAT team and hostage negotiators responded to the scene in an effort to get Lilly to leave the home, but he refused.

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SWAT eventually forced entry into the home and was able to take Lilly into custody. However, it was learned that the woman died from apparent stab wounds, according to police.

Lilly is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail on murder charges.

The woman’s identity has not been released.


The investigation is ongoing.

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