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Gunfire leads to arrest (Updated 11:00)

Police call in SWAT team after domestic incident

A Dougherty County Sheriff's deputy, left, talks with family members of Jackie Lee Johnson while on a domestic dispute call at James Cross Avenue and Victory Street Wednesday night.

A Dougherty County Sheriff's deputy, left, talks with family members of Jackie Lee Johnson while on a domestic dispute call at James Cross Avenue and Victory Street Wednesday night.

ALBANY — A single shot in the air brought out police and led to a negotiated surrender with Metro SWAT after a man locked himself in a bedroom, said a Dougherty County Police Department official.

Jackie Lee Johnson, 21, of 313 Carriage Lane was booked into Dougherty County Jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday and charged with discharging a weapon and reckless conduct, said Dougherty Police Chief Don Cheek.

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Joe Bellacomo

Family members of Jackie Lee Johnson argue during a domestic dispute at James Cross Avenue and Victory Street Wednesday night.

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Joe Bellacomo

A Dougherty County Sheriff's deputy tries to control a spectator during a domestic dispute at James Cross Avenue and Victory Street Wednesday night.

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Joe Bellacomo

"A few minutes after 5 p.m., police were called out to a disturbance at 911 James Cross Avenue," Cheek said. "It was a verbal disturbance and a young man was told to leave the property. He discharged a .380 automatic into the air."

Cheek said Johnson then ran about a quarter mile to 3725 Victory St. with a friend to the friend's grandfather lives. Johnson locked himself in a bedroom. He didn't respond to calls to come out.

Cheek made the decision to call in Metro SWAT, a multi-agency response team and negotiators with the equipment and training to handle this type of situation, he said. It took more than three hours of negotiations before Johnson was taken into custody with no injuries involved.

"They did an outstanding job," Cheek said. "A situation like this could get out of hand easily."

Police recovered a shell casing at the scene, Cheek said. The investigation was continuing, he said, and he didn't know if SWAT had recovered the gun.

At a patrol car roadblock at the intersection of Victory Street and James Cross Avenue, family members gathered during the action and offered unreliable and conflicting versions of the incident.


UPDATE (9:37): The SWAT team and ambulances have left the scene.

A family member says that Johnson has been arrested and it was peacefully resolved.


UPDATE (9:07 p.m.): According to family members, Jason Johnson, 21, had stopped by to see his 6-month-old child at 911 James Cross Ave. The stepfather of the child's mother then pulled a gun on Johnson and told him to get off his porch. Johnson then ran to a home on Victory Street, where he is currently located.


EARLIER: A SWAT team arrived around 7:15 to the 3700 block of Victory Street in Albany. Dougherty County Police say that there is a man inside the house, who they believe may be armed. He was involved in a domestic dispute.

The home is located approximately a quarter mile off James Cross Avenue.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek is on the scene.

Reports say that there are about a dozen residents watching the events unfold.

A Herald reporter is on the scene and this story will be updated as more information becomes available ...

Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

Why don't some Reality TV show come on down here and do some Reality TV in The Good Life City? They could vote folks "off the Good Life Island" every week and by the end of the series, Albany would be a lot nicer place to live.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

Takes a big man to pull a trigger. If they are so macho, then they ought to support the babies they are making.

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