CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County police shot and killed a man Sunday afternoon after they said he fired a gun at them.
There was a massive law enforcement presence on Maddox Road as Clayton County investigators and GBI agents investigated the incident.
Clayton County Police told Channel 2′s Michele Newell that they were responding to reports of an argument between neighbors on Maddox Road around 12 p.m. when a man, later identified as Miguel Eduardo Perez Gonzalez, 38, of Morrow, started yelling at them from across the street.
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Police said that initially, Gonzalez was not armed, but he went inside his home and brought a gun outside. Police said Gonzalez fired one round and they believed he was shooting at them.
Police called for backup and tried to talk Gonzalez. While police were talking to him, he turned toward them and pointed the gun at officers. The officers shot Gonzalez, who later died at the hospital.
Neighbors said it was scary to see their neighborhood surrounded by police.
“I heard like they were arguing, and then, he was just talking nonsense,” neighbor Jullissa Villanueva. “And when I looked out the window, the house was already surrounded by cops. And then I heard a gunshot, just one gunshot.”
Villanueva said that after the gunshot, even more officers arrived in the neighborhood.
“They tried talking with him, to calm him. I was really scared and I was praying that they young man would surrender,” Villanueva said. “And then I heard a couple gunshots at the end.”
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No officers were injured. Gonzalez’s wife, who was not at home at the time of the shooting, sobbed and hugged relatives outside the home after the shooting.
Last week, a Clayton County police officer was killed after officers responded to reports of multiple people shot on Jervis Court. Police found two female victims in a yard on Jarvis Court. As they tried to render aid to one of the women, a man started shooting at them.
Officer Henry Laxson was killed, along with two women. A 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The shooter, later identified as Arthur Gillam, was shot by police and killed.