HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - A standoff that lasted more than 15 hours in Henry County has ended with three people dead.
The three people include the gunman, who police said had a hostage inside the house in the area of Eagle Court in Stockbridge.
Police confirmed to Channel 2 Action News the victims were a pregnant woman and her 16-year-old son and that the gunman killed himself.
The gunman, suspected of shooting two police officers in Henry County Thursday morning, was barricaded in a home with a teenager who was considered a hostage, overnight into Friday morning.
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By Thursday afternoon, negotiators were still talking with the gunman in a bid to get him to let the 16-year-old go, authorities said.
"We're hoping he was going release the 16-year-old. He said he would, and we're just standing by waiting," Henry County police Capt. Joey Smith told Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne.
Video from NewsChopper 2 shows dozens of police officers and law enforcement vehicles near the Stockbridge home.
"We do not want to make a dynamic entry into the home," Smith said. "With communication with the individual, at least he's talking -- that's helpful. We're going to wait as long as we can."
Officials told Channel 2 Action News that both officers are recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital. Hospital Spokeswoman Denise Simpson said both officers are expected to survive. Their injuries are described as “non-life-threatening.”
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Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach spoke with the woman's sister, who was supposed to have her baby shower Saturday.
Sister of murdered pregnant victim and mother of teen killed says shooter had no history of violence. She described finding her body at the home Thursday morning before the standoff. Says she was due to have a son on April 23rd and the baby shower would have been tomorrow pic.twitter.com/tSYDobU0GT— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) April 5, 2019
Channel 2's Christian Jennings learned the gunman killed himself, a pregnant woman and her son.
Police did confirm that the gunman killed himself. It isn’t clear when the pregnant woman (who family told me was the man’s girlfriend) and her teenage son were killed. Watch for @DarrynMooreWSB and @SteveGWSB reports starting at 4:30— Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) April 5, 2019
The standoff has ended. Channel 2’s Darryn Moore learned three people were found dead inside the house, including the gunman.
The standoff is over 3 people found dead inside the house including the gunman— Darryn Moore (@DarrynMooreWSB) April 5, 2019
Henry County police say the barricaded suspect refuses to surrender and refuses to provide any proof of the well-being of the 16-year-old held hostage. Several rounds of gas were fired inside the home by law enforcement. Police said the suspect then fired at SWAT officers, but there were no injuries.
Neighbors are reporting continuous gunfire.
Neighbors are reporting continuous gunfire.— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) April 5, 2019
Breaking: Loud boom heard near SWAT scene.— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) April 5, 2019
Hostage situation enters Hour 9:
Hostage situation in Henry County enters hour 9. No word from police on when it may end. A teen is believed to be inside the home, forcing police to wait this out. pic.twitter.com/v9e5mD6mja— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) April 5, 2019
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is offering his thoughts and prayers to the officers injured in Henry County today:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Henry County Police officers who were shot today while putting their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. @henrycopolice— GA AG Chris Carr (@Georgia_AG) April 4, 2019
The City of Stockbridge sending thoughts and prayers to the injured officers:
The City of Stockbridge extends prayers and thoughts to the officers and families involved in the incident today in unicorporated Henry County. We are one community. #community pic.twitter.com/L1F8SYqgBW— City of Stockbridge (@stockbridgecity) April 4, 2019
Some people coming home from work and/or school tell us they're unable to get into their homes. The gunman is still barricaded inside a home with a hostage.
Our crews at the scene say there is still an ongoing standoff.
Part of the subdivision where the hostage standoff is going on remains blocked off.
We've moved closer to the scene now that police have reopened Flippen Rd. They're still blocking access to the subdivision where the standoff was going on. Still no word on what's happening inside. pic.twitter.com/xtTISAg6W2— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) April 4, 2019
Channel 2's Matt Johnson reports Flippen Road has reopened.
Traffic along Flippen Rd near standoff scene has been re-opened. Awaiting an update from police on situation in Henry County. pic.twitter.com/d07KRTIcF7— Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) April 4, 2019
Channel 2's Richard Elliot says he just saw a group of police cars drive by. It looks like something has happened.
The neighborhood where the gunman is barricaded remains locked down.
The kids who were inside a home near where the gunman is barricaded have safely been removed. Channel 2's Tom Jones was there as they reunited with their father.
This father was reunited with his 4 kids after they were inside a home near where police say a barricaded gunman shot two officers and is holding a teen hostage. How one of the kids says police got them out of harms’s way. That’s at 5. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/tZEzL4askb— Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) April 4, 2019
The Henry County Police Department says they don't believe officers returned fire.
Some kind of domestic dispute. Distraught woman called. Officers went and two officers were shot. HCPD do not believe their officers returned fire @wsbtv— Craig Lucie (@CraigLucie) April 4, 2019
Authorities confirm there is a 16-year-old boy inside the home where the gunman is barricaded. Officers are working to get him out safely.
The two police officers that were shot are stable. Authorities describe their injuries as "non-life-threatening."
Authorities are giving an update to this ongoing situation.
Neighbors tell Channel 2's Tom Jones that there are children inside the home next to where a gunman is barricaded.
Channel 2's Tom Jones says he just saw additional bomb squad trucks arrive at the scene.
This is the scene in a Henry County neighborhood where at least two officers have been shot. My sources say a hostage is dead and a man is holed up in a home here. I saw the Bomb Squad arriving minutes ago. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/DTMOEfsOhV— Tom Jones (@TomJonesWSBTV) April 4, 2019
Channel 2 Action News has confirmed that two police officers were shot this morning in Henry County and they're in serious condition. A gunman is still barricaded inside a home on Eagle Way.
Multiple sources tell Channel 2 Action News that there is a person dead in the home. That person is not the gunman and is not a police officer.
We've learned the situation started at 10:47 a.m.
Per source - Henry county “person shot” call came in at 10:47. Live coverage on @wsbtv— Craig Lucie (@CraigLucie) April 4, 2019
Georgia Department of Transportation says that they are keeping "all lanes cleared on I-75 northbound of Bridge Road to accommodate emergency vehicles" until 1 p.m.
Henry County - authorities are keeping all lanes cleared on I-75 northbound of Bridge Road to accommodate emergency vehicles and workers tending to police officers involved in a local shooting. Estimated time of clearance - 1:00 p.m. For alternate routes, call Georgia 511. pic.twitter.com/OB9SWYDOhk— GDOT West Central (@GDOTWest) April 4, 2019
Interstate 75 south before Hudson Bridge Road has been blocked to allow ambulances to pass through, according to Channel 2's Triple Team Traffic.
Channel 2's Tom Regan is at Grady Memorial Hospital where hospital officials confirm that the two injured officers are being treated.
Breaking: Police awaiting arrival of wounded Henry County officer at Grady Hospital. pic.twitter.com/hwX8lGNUSE— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) April 4, 2019
11: 26 a.m.
Viewers in the area tell Channel 2 Action News that they are hearing sirens from officers, ambulances and fire trucks.
The Henry County Police Department has confirmed an "active incident" in the area of Eagle Court in Stockbridge.
There is an active incident in the area of Eagle Way in Stockbridge, GA. Avoid the area.— Henry County Police (@HenryCoPolice) April 4, 2019
Sources tell Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Mark Winne that at least one Henry County police officer has been shot.
Breaking: at least one Henry county officer shot, barricaded gunman, am told @wsbtv— Mark Winne (@MarkWinneWSB) April 4, 2019
Police said they were called to a house on Eagle Court about 10:45 a.m. Thursday on a "trouble unknown" call.
The officers were shot after entering the home, police said. One of them was struck in the hand and the other in the torso and hip area.
"I think the less injured officer was able to aid the other and get him out of the house," Smith said.
One of the wounded officers was flown by helicopter to the hospital.
Georgia's transportation department helped clear northbound lanes of Interstate 75 so the other officer could be quickly driven to the hospital.
As negotiations continued Thursday afternoon, residents were told to stay clear of the area as officers dealt with what police described as "a very fluid situation."
Henry County has endured multiple shootings of police officers in the past two years.
In December, Henry County police Officer Michael Smith was shot at a dentist's office and died of his wounds about three weeks later.
Employees at the dentist's office had called police about a man who had been acting erratically, and Smith was shot as he confronted the man.
In February 2018, Locust Grove police Officer Chase Maddox, 26, was shot in the head and killed in the Henry County town he patrolled.
Two Henry County sheriff's deputies were also wounded in that shooting as the three law officers tried to serve an arrest warrant at a home.
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