3 in custody after massive SWAT presence rattles Brookhaven neighborhood

At one point, Brookhaven police urged residents to stay inside as SWAT teams served a drug warrant at the home in the area of Childers Road and Shady Valley Drive.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — SWAT officers surrounded a home in a Brookhaven neighborhood Thursday morning, leading to some tense moments for neighbors.

Now three people are in custody as officers searched for drugs.

Police told Channel 2's Lauren Pozen that the incident was the result of a two-week investigation.

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Around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Brookhaven police with the help of the SWAT team, served a drug warrant at the home on Hedge Rose Court.

“We were walking by and saw a SWAT team. You don't quite see that in a Brookhaven neighborhood," witness John O'Conner said.

Cellphone video shot by O’Conner shows a heavy police presence in the neighborhood.


“You kept hearing the SWAT team say over and over, come out with your hands up or we are going to come in,” O’Conner said.

Brookhaven police sent out a tweet telling people in the area to stay inside while the incident was going on.

"This was a situation where we did plan for the worst and we got the best," said Maj. Brandon Gurley with the Brookhaven Police Department.

The SWAT team tried to make contact with those inside the home.

"We knocked on the door and announced we were there. We failed to get anyone to the door, had to force entry. Movement was heard inside, but the people refused to come out,” Gurley said.

Eventually, two men and a woman were taken into custody.

“We are not sure yet at this point who lives there and who doesn't. Investigators are going to begin interviewing them," Gurley said.

Investigators say they are waiting to see what they find inside the house to determine what charges could be filed.

Brookhaven Alert: The previous alert has been cleared. BPD & North Metro SWAT conducted a warrant service without incident. No shots were fired.

Posted by Brookhaven, GA Police Department on Thursday, December 20, 2018

Brookhaven Alert: Heavy Police presence in the area of Childers Rd. and Shady Valley Dr. to include a road closure. Please avoid this area. Remain indoors.

Posted by Brookhaven, GA Police Department on Thursday, December 20, 2018