UPDATE: Officials ID man accused of holding woman hostage in DeKalb

Jerome Horne

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Jerome Horne

A DeKalb County police officer was accidentally shot by another officer’s gun during a domestic hostage situation early Sunday morning, the GBI said.

An officer was “adjusting equipment” in a driveway on Fireoak Drive when his shotgun discharged, the GBI said in a statement. The round ricocheted off the ground and hit another officer. He was taken to the hospital and later released.

The officers were responding to a domestic situation at a home in the Austin Meadows townhome subdivision where a man — identified Wednesday as Jerome Horne, 42, of Decatur — allegedly held a woman hostage and shot her.

When DeKalb police arrived, they heard gunshots, and Horne came to the door holding a gun to the woman’s head, DeKalb police Chief James Conroy said, according to Channel 2 Action News.


Horne retreated into the home, and officers later heard another gunshot, when investigators believe Horne shot the woman, the GBI said.

Crews entered the home and Horne was taken into custody by a SWAT team. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of false imprisonment, theft by receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property.

The woman was taken to the hospital. At last check, she was stable.

The exact sequence of events remains under investigation, according to the GBI.

Robot units could be seen at the complex during the hostage situation.


In other news:

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Her daughter is currently in the Fulton County jail.