Deadly discovery
Woman found dead in home; man surrenders after 12-hour standoff

NORCROSS - A man who barricaded himself inside a home where a woman was found dead was arrested Friday morning after a nearly 12-hour standoff.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said the incident began about 10:15 p.m. Thursday shortly after police responded to the sprawling neighborhood off Beaver Ruin Road.

An anonymous caller reported a wanted man, later identified as 33-year-old Shannon Alan Marlowe, was staying at the home on Edgemoor Drive and prompted authorities to respond.

A search warrant was obtained and police entered the home finding a deceased woman but did not make contact with Marlowe at that time, authorities said.

Meanwhile, police cordoned off the home and parts of the street, telling residents to stay inside their residences as SWAT officers attempted to coax the man into surrendering.

The subdivision was still a wash in police cars and SWAT trucks Friday morning as authorities continued to coerce Marlowe from the home.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said Beaver Ridge Elementary School about a mile away from the subdivision was the only county school affected by the standoff.

Because streets were closed, some students were not able leave for classes. Quintana said their absences would not count against them.

With residents told to stay inside their homes, Spellman said SWAT officers entered the home for a second time and found Marlowe hiding in the attic. She said he was arrested without incident shortly after 9 a.m. Friday.

"It has not been confirmed yet if the suspect was armed while he was in the house," Spellman said. "(Marlowe) did not show any weapons to SWAT officers when he was confronted."

At this time, investigators are unclear of the relationship between the victim and Marlowe, Spellman said. Police are not releasing the name of the deceased at this time.

"Investigators do not know the circumstances surrounding the female's death," Spellman said. "It is too early in the investigation to speculate about who is responsible for the woman's death."

A police report filed Monday shows a 47-year-old woman living at the home on Edgemoor Drive reported Marlowe stole her 1997 Saturn SC1.

The woman told police she and Marlowe were planning to move to Knoxville, Tenn., and she was helping Marlowe "escape from his troubled past."

Marlowe was reportedly wanted in DeKalb County and on probation, the report said.

The woman reported Marlowe had been living at her home and had stolen other items from the residence. The specific items taken were not listed in the report.

Clint Pritchard, 22, said he was a friend and neighbor of the woman whose body was found late Thursday. He said he knew the woman, who he called Trisha, from living in the neighborhood for 20 years and thought of her as a mother.

Pritchard said Trisha was his best friend's mother.

Police could not confirm the name of the deceased.

A phone call from a friend Friday morning was the first notification Pritchard received of the events unfolding down the street from his home.

"She was at my house two nights ago and said, 'I'm trying to get rid of this junky boyfriend and I'm moving to Tennessee,'" Pritchard said.

The 22-year-old said he knew Marlowe as Buzz and referred to him as Trisha's boyfriend.

"Buzz was always at the house, and I often heard stories of how he treated her," Pritchard said.