SWAT incident ends in man's death

LOGANVILLE -- A Loganville man was found dead Saturday, ending a 14-hour police stand-off where gunfire was exchanged.

Richard Ferris, 42 years old, holed himself up in his Granite Lane home, after police came there Friday evening to check on his wife, Loganville Police Chief Mike McHugh said.

McHugh said it was unclear if officers were aware of the North Carolina warrant issued for Ferris's arrest when they arrived on the scene at about 6:30 p.m., but they learned from his wife that the man was heavily armed and did not intend to be taken into custody. Ferris was facing a charge of attempted murder in North Carolina, after allegedly shooting a man.

While the man's wife and children were taken to a safe place and neighbors were evacuated, Loganville's Special Emergency Response Team, the city's version of a SWAT team, and Walton County sheriff's deputies spent the night trying to negotiate Ferris's surrender, the chief said. But at about 3 a.m. the police introduced tear gas into the home, McHugh said. Ferris fired, and the police fired back, he added.

Thirty minutes later, the tear gas was repeated and there was another fire fight, he said. At about 9 a.m., police sent a robot into the home, where it discovered Ferris dead in the master bathroom.

"At some point during those volleys of gunfire, the suspect was either struck by one of the officers' rounds or he shot himself," the chief said. "This is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for. We made great efforts to get him to surrender."

McHugh said an investigation has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who will determine who fired the fatal rounds.


TOWG 3 years, 5 months ago

I am grateful none of the officers were injured and the county has saved the money they would have spent to try, convict and incarcerate the late Mr. Ferris. Looks like a win-win deal to me.


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