Barricaded Gunman Arrested

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10/CNN) — After a standoff that lasted more than six hours, authorities on Tuesday arrested a man – now identified as Donald Welborn, 58, who’d barricaded himself after firing shots in and around a home on Kingsley Drive, Cobb County police said.

No one was hurt, police said.

Welborn was charged eight counts of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and three counts of Reckless Conduct.

Officers ordered residents of the Newcastle subdivision in East Cobb to shelter in place early Tuesday as a SWAT team responded and negotiators tried to coax the man out of the home, Cobb County Police Sgt. Wayne Delk said.

Someone called 911 about 5:30 a.m. to report gunfire.  When officers arrived, a man was shooting inside and outside a home, Delk said. They believed gunman was alone, he said.

Jody Reed is an early riser and was cleaning her garage when she heard a “weird, sharp, sudden” bang and assumed it was construction or fireworks, she said.

 

 

Several police cars drove by later, she said, and she saw a Nextdoor post from a neighbor who was walking his dog when police stopped him and told him to take cover behind a vehicle. According to the post, they told to leave the area but to take a route away from the home where the standoff was unfolding, she said.

There were squad cars in every cul-de-sac at mid-morning, and police were telling residents to stay away, she said.

Reed lives behind the residence where the gunman reportedly barricaded himself and would be able to see the home if not for the thick woods, she said.

“I couldn’t tell the direction (of the bang). I would never assume it was a shot,” she said, explaining she heard no shouting or other commotion.

She heard multiple bangs later but couldn’t be sure they were gunshots, she said.

“Barricaded Subject In Custody,” the Cobb County police tweet announcing the end of standoff said. “The neighborhood will be opening up soon.”

Reed, who moved to the neighborhood in 1982, described the subdivision as “the most sedate, safe neighborhood” and said the last crime she recalls is when someone stole a flower hook from a neighbor’s mailbox several months ago.

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