Clayton County officer shoots, kills man in his pajamas who police say pointed gun at them

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County police confirmed one of its officers shot and killed a man who they say pointed a gun at officers.

Chief Kevin Roberts said the department received calls about a man randomly firing gunshots around 5:20 a.m. Wednesday.

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When officers arrived at Jenni Circle, they found the man, later identified as 68-year-old Charles Henry Calhoun, still holding his gun in the Jonesboro neighborhood.

“They engaged a person in their pajamas in the roadway with a long gun toward police officers who gave verbal commands to drop that weapon,” Roberts said.


One officer shot and killed Calhoun. Roberts said no officers or neighbors were hurt.

Roberts said multiple gunshots were fired off before and after officers arrived. The man’s identity has not been released.

Family members told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden that Calhoun thought someone was trying to break into his home. Family said off-camera that about two weeks ago, someone used a brick to smash a window at the man’s home.

The homeowner thought someone was trying to break in again on Wednesday. Our photographer at the scene heard a woman scream, “You killed my husband,” at officers.

Police said they told the man to drop the gun, but he ignored them.

“There is no indication from the investigators that there was any robbery that took place at this point. The investigation continues and we will keep you updated if we learn that information,” Roberts said.

Seiden has requested records about any calls made from the home last month.

Neighbors told Seiden that she was getting ready for work inside her home when all of a sudden, the gunfire erupted.

“I heard a real hard shot and told my own, husband, ‘Someone’s outside! Someone’s outside shooting or something!,’” she said.

Jenni Circle is located near Tara Boulevard and Highway 54. The street has been blocked off as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation handles the scene.