Gunfire erupted late Sunday around 11:45 p.m. after Clayton County police officers responded to a "domestic dispute" at the home on Katie Lane in Morrow.?

Man killed by Clayton County police responding to domestic dispute

Clayton County police officers shot and killed a Morrow man Sunday night after he came to the front door holding a gun, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a domestic dispute call at the man’s home on Katie Lane. It was the latest incident in a long history of domestic issues there, according to Clayton County police spokeswoman Sgt. Cherie West.


When they arrived about 11:45 p.m., a woman and two teenagers tried to escape, West said. The man, who was identified as 68-year-old Jimmie Phillips by the GBI, came to the door and allegedly refused to open it. 

“The adult male then brandished a firearm, which he pointed at responding officers,” West said in a news release. “Officers subsequently fired shots at the adult male subject, fatally wounding him.”

No one else was reported injured.

The last time officers responded to the Katie Lane home was in August, according to police. No one was arrested during that incident. 

The two officers who fired their weapons Sunday night will be placed on routine administrative leave until an internal investigation is complete, West said. 


It is the 80th officer-involved shooting the agency has investigated in 2019, according to spokeswoman Nelly Miles.  

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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