Man dead in apparent suicide after standoff with Kennesaw and Cobb police

Kennesaw Police headquarters in article about Juneteenth unityKennesaw Police headquarters (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The Kennesaw Police Department issued the following public information release this afternoon:

On 07/24/2023 at approximately 11:05 AM, Kennesaw/Acworth 911 received an emergency call
from a male threatening suicide, who stated he had a firearm. Uniform Patrol responded to the
4100 block of Kentmere Main NW and made contact with a 42-year-old male via telephone.
Officers on-scene learned there were multiple juveniles in the house and immediately responded
to the residence. Officers were able to get all of the juveniles out of the home but were unable to
establish a line of communication with the male.

Our department requested the assistance of Cobb County Police Department’s SWAT Team. An
arrest warrant was secured for the male for Reckless Conduct and Cruelty to Children 2nd
Degree. Cobb County Police Department SWAT took control of the scene and made entry into
the residence. The male was found deceased by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The juveniles, now identified as the male’s children, have been safely reunited with their family.
Due to the circumstances, the identities of those who were involved are being withheld from this

Chief Westenberger noted: “While we may never understand what led to this tragic
circumstance, it is important to remember there are surviving family members and friends.
Please join us and keeping these survivors in your thoughts and prayers.
Our department greatly appreciates the assistance of the Cobb County Police Department and
Kennesaw/Acworth 911 for their hard work during this difficult incident.”