Investigation continues in deadly Stockbridge home invasion

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Jason A. Smith


Henry County Police have charged a 15-year-old boy for his alleged involvement in a home invasion, and armed-robbery attempt, on New Year's Eve.

Another suspect in the case was shot and killed by police, and one other suspect remains at-large, according to Police Maj. Jason Bolton.

"We do not yet have an ID on the one who fled," Bolton said.

The teenage suspect was apprehended by police after officers responded to a 911 call at the scene of the incident, at 305 Cane Creek Drive in Stockbridge. The arrival of police shortly before 9 p.m., Friday, disrupted the home invasion, said Bolton.

A female resident of the Stockbridge home was returning from shopping, and could see a suspect holding a gun to the head of one of her relatives, as she got closer to the residence. Bolton said the woman immediately left the scene, and called police.

"Upon arrival, officers discovered two suspects still on the scene," the major said. "One suspect was taken into custody, but the second armed suspect was shot and killed by one of the responding officers. A third suspect managed to flee the scene, and has not yet been apprehended.

"The suspect who was taken into custody, is a 15-year-old male," Bolton added. The juvenile is being held in a youth detention center, according to Bolton.

Bolton said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has been called in to investigate, "which is standard in all officer-involved shootings."

GBI spokesman John Bankhead could not be reached for comment Monday.

Details about the slain suspect were not available from police Monday.

Bolton did not say whether the deceased individual, or the person who eluded police are juveniles. He did not provide any information about their ages, nor provide descriptions of them.

He added that police are following any and all leads in their attempt to locate and apprehend the third suspect. He did not release additional details of the case, saying the police department is expected to brief the media about the home invasion today.

Anyone with any information about the suspect's identity or whereabouts, is asked to call the Henry County Police Department at (770) 288-8200.