(Stockbridge, GA) — A standoff that started Thursday morning around 11am ended with four people dead in Stockbridge. Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call in Henry County at the Eagles Landing Subdivision in Stockbridge.
When police arrived at the house, the suspect, 47-year old convicted felon Anthony Bailey opened fire shooting officer Keegan Merritt in the hand and another officer Taylor Webb in the chest and the hip. The officers were air lifted to Grady Memorial hospital and were in the Trauma unit at last check.
The two officers were shot after one saw blood on the driveway, running from underneath the garage door and a woman’s bloody lifeless body through the glass. They forced their way into the home. Upon entry, they were fired upon. Bailey then yelled, “Don’t come in here. Don’t come in here. Do not come in here. I got a lot of shots. I got a hostage. I got a hostage.”
Dozens of law enforcement officers from the Henry County Police Department had the home surrounded with heavy artillery.
They were willing to wait and negotiate for as long as they could after family members informed them their 16-year old nephew, Arkeyvion White, was still in the home.
The nephews’ aunt is the one who called 911 after she was attempting to enter the home and found her pregnant sister, 39-year old Sandra White, dead in the garage. The shooter, who was the victim’s boyfriend, told authorities he would release the boy but as hours pressed on it seemed unlikely that he would do so.
According to some accounts, last night police decided to make a move and fired gas into the home where the boyfriend responded by firing shots once again at officers. He had threatened earlier to shoot at anyone who approached the house. But at this point, officers were willing to take that chance and started their attempts to enter the residence.
At 3 this morning, they finally entered the home and found dead Bailey and Arkeyvion in an upstairs bedroom. Sandra’s body was still in the garage.
Family members say that all was well the day before the incident and that they, including the boyfriend, were planning a big baby shower for this weekend. Reportedly, the pregnant victim was due to give birth to a son named Antonio on April 29th. The pregnant victim’s sister said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship though and that yesterday the boyfriend had been asked to leave and he refused.
Sandra White was a nurse at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Sophomore Arkeyvion White was an honor roll student and football player at Dutchtown High School.
Bailey was a convicted felon who served two years in the 90s on an aggravated assault conviction.