Stockbridge man shot, killed by police

By Jason A. Smith


A Stockbridge man is dead after he reportedly threatened to shoot police, and himself.

Hitesh "Sam" Patel, 44, died at Henry Medical Center Thursday, police said. Police responded to a 911 call that evening from a home on McKenzie Drive in Stockbridge. The caller, Patel, was threatening suicide, according to Henry County Police Sgt. Rene Swanson.

"Henry County Police responded to the residence," Swanson said. "Upon entering ... officers encountered an armed male subject and began negotiating with him. Approximately 30 minutes into negotiations, the male subject turned his gun from himself onto the officers."

Swanson said one of the officers fired at Patel, in order to protect himself and the other law-enforcement personnel at the scene. Patel suffered a gunshot wound, Swanson said, and was transported to Henry Medical Center where he later died.

"As is standard in officer-involved shootings, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) responded to the scene to investigate," Swanson said. "Per police policy, the officer has been placed on administrative leave."

GBI Spokesman John Bankhead said that when the GBI completes its investigation of the shooting, the case will be turned over to the Henry County district attorney's office for review.