Sheriff: Man shoots wife, SWAT situation ensues, ends after self-inflicted gunshot wound

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UPDATE (2:30PM):

In a news conference, Sheriff Gary Langford released new details in the SWAT situation in Murray County Monday.

Langford says that at 9:58AM, the Murray County Sheriff's Office received a call of a woman shot at a home off of Leonard Bridge Road and Highland Way in Chatsworth, Georgia.

Deputies found the woman in the home lying on the floor with a gunshot wound. Ambulances arrived on the scene and took her to a nearby hospital for treatment, but Langford says she died in the hospital. Langford says he was told by investigators that there were other people in the upstairs of the house, but they were not injured.

Two elementary schools in Murray County, Spring Place Elementary and Coker Elementary, were placed on soft lockdown Monday morning because of the incident. The lockdown was lifted just after 12:30 p.m.

Langford says the Sheriff's Office was on the lookout for her husband for a domestic incident.

Langford says that they came to a separate location where the man lived, and found his truck outside the home.

Sheriff Langford says they called the man and tried to get him to come out, but he refused. This negotiation went on between two and a half and three hours.

The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) were called in. The GSP SWAT team continued to talk with the man to try and get him out, but he would not.

Langford said that the SWAT team then deployed several canisters of tear gas into the home's windows.

Langford then says they heard a gunshot from within the residence, and the man came out onto the porch. The sheriff says he shot himself in the head. The man was then taken to Erlanger in critical condition.

Investigators received a warrant to search the man's residence, and are searching the home. Sheriff Langford says investigators are saying the husband in wife were in a domestic dispute, but the investigation is ongoing.

Watch Sheriff Langford's news conference below:

Depend on us to provide you with more details in this developing story.


PREVIOUSLY:

Sheriff Gary Langford confirms to NewsChannel 9 that deputies are in the process of negotiating with a man who has barricaded himself inside a house. Sheriff Langford says deputies are trying to serve a murder warrant.

"Deputies are trying to end this peacefully without anyone else getting killed," Sheriff Langford said.

Sheriff Langford confirms someone died Monday morning, but would not elaborate.

This is at a home near the intersection of Barry Bennett Road and Holly Creek Drive.

While we were on the scene, our crew heard several loud bangs. It's unclear if those were gunshots, or something else.

Two elementary schools in Murray County, Spring Place Elementary and Coker Elementary, were placed on soft lockdown Monday morning because of the incident. The lockdown was lifted just after 12:30 p.m.


The Georgia State Patrol confirms to NewsChannel 9 that the Murray County Sheriff's Department has requested its SWAT team to assist with a situation.

The superintendent for Murray County Schools, Dr. Eric McFee, tells NewsChannel 9 that Murray County's Sheriff called him to advise him to put the two schools on soft lockdown (which means that no one is allowed in or out of the schools). McFee says the sheriff told him that the incident that forced the lockdown was not very near the school and that students are not in any danger, but that the precaution was necessary.

McFee notified us just after 12:30 p.m. to let us know that the lockdown was lifted for both schools.

NewsChannel 9 is now working to get more details about what's going on, and has a crew on the way to the scene.

Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.



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