A domestic dispute turned deadly Thursday morning after a northwest Georgia man was confronted by deputies and opened fire, according to the GBI.
The man, identified by the agency as 39-year-old Dwight Juliuse Jones, reportedly began shooting at the deputies and a woman when they came to his Gordon County home shortly after midnight. Krystal Lynne Jones, 37, was hit multiple times.
The GBI did not disclose the relationship between the two.
A Gordon County sheriff’s deputy returned fire, striking Dwight Jones at least once and allowing other deputies to remove Krystal Jones from the home, Brian Johnston, the GBI assistant special agent in charge, said in a news release. She died as a result of her injuries.
No deputies were injured, Johnston said.
The exchange set off a standoff, with Jones barricading himself inside the home on Mt. Zion Road home in Resaca. The small town is bisected by I-75 and located between Calhoun and Dalton.
“Dwight Jones remained in the house, armed with several firearms and ammunition, refusing to obey orders from deputies for several hours,” Johnston said. “Gordon County sheriff’s deputies were able to establish communication with Jones and ultimately convinced him to surrender.”
He was taken into custody without further incident and later released from the hospital. Jones was booked into the Gordon County Jail on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
The sheriff’s office requested the GBI’s help to investigate the officer-involved shooting. It is the 58th such investigation the agency has opened this year.
The state agency was also expected to perform an autopsy on Krystal Jones, Johnston said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.
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