The GBI issued the following statement on their investigation into the hostage situation and officer-involved shooting in Mableton yesterday.
Nelly Miles, the Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation sent the following public information release:
Cobb County, GA (October 2, 2018) – On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Cobb County Police Department (CCPD) to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:50 pm, Cobb County 911 received a call regarding shots fired at 391 Lane Drive in Mableton. Officers responded and found the body of a female on the ground floor of the residence. Officers learned that James Edward Martin, 26, was inside on the second floor holding an adult female and a juvenile female hostage. CCPD SWAT responded and attempted to negotiate. SWAT officers entered the residence when they heard a shot fired inside the house. Officers encountered Martin in a bedroom where two officers fired their weapons. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman and child were not harmed.
No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Cobb County District Attorney’s office for review.