Home invasion suspect dies in shootout with DeKalb police, officials say

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A home invasion suspect is dead after a shootout with DeKalb Police Department, officials said.

The home invasion happened Tuesday shortly before 5 p.m. at the Reserve at Stone Creek Apartments on Hairston Road in Stone Mountain, DeKalb County police said.

Police said a man held a woman against her will and was later spotted by officers, who noticed he was armed.

Authorities said the suspect fired shots at officers when they arrived, and then fled the scene.

"He just had me hostage, you know, for five hours. Had me taped up, had a gun to my head," the woman said.

Police said they brought in SWAT since the man was armed.


The suspect barricaded himself in a motel apartment at the Reserve for hours before police fired tear gas inside, officials told Channel 2 Action News. The suspect allegedly came out firing, and officers fired back, killing the suspect who was later identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Buckley.

An ambulance was seen leaving the scene around 9:30 p.m. and officials confirmed Buckley died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. GBI officials said an officer was also injured in the shooting but is expected to be okay.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this article.