21-year-old ID’d who shot self after 5-hour SWAT standoff in DeKalb, police say

Blake Howell
Blake Howell

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Police have identified the man they said took place in a five-hour SWAT standoff Friday night in a DeKalb neighborhood, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Blake Howell, 21, allegedly barricaded himself in a home in the 600 block of Valley Brook Road, police told Channel. After about five hours, he allegedly shot himself in the chest and is now in stable condition at an area hospital.

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Police told the news station he faces charges of terroristic threats, battery and criminal damage to property. He’s accused of having “multiple weapons” inside the home during the standoff.


DeKalb police spokeswoman Sheira Campbell told Channel 2 Howell got into an “altercation” with his roommate, which may of prompted the incident.

“I do know that the roommate was stating that the individual was having some issues, but I can’t really get into what that might be,” Campbell said.

Channel 2 reported that Howell had outstanding warrants from Cherokee County for probation violation and obstruction.

The standoff unfolded along Valley Brook Road near E. Ponce de Leon Avenue.