Cops: Man fatally shoots girlfriend’s grandma before being killed by Cobb SWAT

A mother and child are safe and two other people are dead after a????hostage situation in a Cobb County neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

A hostage situation in Mableton ended Tuesday afternoon with SWAT officers killing a man who fatally shot his girlfriend’s grandmother, while holding her and her young child against their will, authorities said.

James “Cody” Martin (left) is accused of holding Jessica Adams (right) and her daughter Hannah hostage Tuesday afternoon after shooting and killing Adams’ grandmother. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)
James “Cody” Martin (left) is accused of holding Jessica Adams (right) and her daughter Hannah hostage Tuesday afternoon after shooting and killing Adams’ grandmother. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

James “Cody” Martin, 26, of Austell, was living with his girlfriend Jessica Adams, her daughter Hannah, 7, and her grandmother Faye Spruell, 80, in a home on the 300 block of Lane Drive up until Monday, Channel 2 Action News reported.

However, on Monday, he allegedly attacked Adams, 24, and put a gun up to her head, Channel 2 reported. Spruell demand he leave.

He did, but he returned Tuesday around 4 p.m., shot and killed Spruell and held Adams and her daughter hostage until Cobb County police showed up, the news station reported.

Debbie Rodgers, Spruell’s daughter-in-law, told Channel 2 she’s trying to figure out how this happened.

“More than likely, Faye jumped in like any mother would to (protect) her granddaughter,” Rodgers said. “Faye didn’t deserve this.”

 

When officers arrived at the home, they found Spruell’s body by the door, Cobb County police Chief Mike Register said at a news conference.

After a brief standoff, the SWAT team entered the home and rescued Adams and Hannah, Register said.

During the rescue, Register said SWAT officers shot and killed Martin.

The GBI was called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Neither Register nor the GBI said whether Martin fired at SWAT officers.

It is the 69th such investigation this year, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Wednesday.

 

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