A SWAT situation that closed down Hurt Road in south Cobb for several hours ended without serious injury Saturday afternoon.
Police said a 911 call came in at about 11:30 a.m. regarding a domestic issue. The woman who made the call left, but the boyfriend locked himself in a home on the 200 block of Hurt Road. It was not clear if he was armed.
Dozens of Cobb County officers swarmed the area, including SWAT officers wearing camouflage and bearing rifles. Residents of nearby homes and apartments gathered nearby to talk about the situation.
Lamar Jordan of Marietta, owner of a landscaping business, said he was on the way to take his daughter to a park when he saw the police blockade. He said he also experienced another SWAT situation several months ago when a suspect led an hourslong standoff on Interstate 75 in Cobb County.
“When you put people in positions like this, the anxiety level goes up. Instead of them coming out, they’re more afraid of getting killed,” Jordan said. “But then I understand the justification for Cobb (Police) because they have to protect their men, too. There’s always a different way of doing things, but I’ve been seeing this a lot.
“Times have changed,” he continued. “This has now become normal. This used to be abnormal. This is normal now.”
Earlier this month, officers apprehended a man after another SWAT standoff in a Marietta apartment complex on Windy Hill Road, and at least two other SWAT situations were reported in February.
Throughout Saturday’s standoff, police could be heard calling directions to a suspect via megaphone, asking him to come out with his hands up.
“Follow my instructions so we can bring you in safely. Michael, you are under arrest. Come to the front door, put your hands in the air, follow my instructions so we can bring you out of the house safely,” an officer said.
The suspect exited the house with his hands up at about 2:30 p.m. after officers fired what appeared to be tear gas into the home. Witnesses also described a robot being sent into the home, but officers on the scene declined to describe the tactics they used.
At officers’ instruction, the man removed his shirt, backed up into the road and kneeled down. Officers cuffed him and escorted him to a police car.
Police have not released the suspect’s name, but referred to him over the megaphone as Michael Freeman.