EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting at Atlanta officers last week was shot and killed Friday after getting into a shootout with authorities trying to arrest him, a police spokesman said.
East Point police Capt. Cliff Chandler said agents from the U.S. Marshals Service were trying to arrest the suspect in the July 27 shooting after tracking him to the Parkside at Camp Creek apartment complex in East Point.
The dead man has been identified as Jamarion Rashad Robinson, 26, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton said in a statement. Dutton said he could not confirm, however, that he was the same person who opened fire on police last week.
Marshals were trying to serve an arrest warrant Friday for aggravated assault against police officers but the man would not come out of his apartment, Chandler said.
Authorities eventually breached the front door, and the suspect opened fire on the marshals, who returned fire.
Dutton said no marshals were wounded in the incident.
A witness at the apartment complex told WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2asQlfc ) he was on his way to work when he saw about a U.S. Marshal and patrol cars coming into the apartment complex.
“I thought this was going to be some kind of serve a warrant, knock type of thing, and then all of a sudden I heard, ‘Drop your gun.’ That’s when I knew it was getting serious,” Lance McFalls, a foreman for the construction company that owns the complex, told the station. He said the gunfire lasted for more than a minute.
No one was wounded in last week’s shooting at the police officers. Authorities said at the time that they thought the suspect was suffering from mental illness.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct and autopsy on Robinson, Dutton said.
This story has been corrected to show that witness Lance McFalls does not live at the Parkside at Camp Creek apartment complex. He works for a construction company that owns the complex.