published Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Update: Dade County man, Samson Gilbreath, in critical condition after officer standoff

A Dade County man who shot himself after a three-hour standoff with officers Wednesday night is in critical condition at Erlanger hospital, authorities said.

Authorities were called out to Sand Mountain at 8 p.m. at 27-year-old Samson Gilbreath’s parent’s home, Dade County Sheriff Patrick Cannon said. Gilbreath had been threatening to kill family members when several relatives called 911, the sheriff said.

As the sheriff’s office special response team surrounded the yard, Gilbreath refused to come out of the house, Cannon said.

After about three hours, Gilbreath walked out the door holding a gun to his head, Cannon said. He tried to escape in a minivan, but officers shot the tires out.

Cannon said Gilbreath then pointed his gun at an officer and several officers shot at him, but missed. Gilbreath then tried to shoot himself in the neck, Cannon said.

Gilbreath was airlifted to Erlanger hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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