published Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Man kills himself after six-hour SWAT standoff in Catoosa County

Police say a Ringgold, Ga., man took his own life after a six-hour standoff Wednesday.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said animal control officers were checking on a report of an abandoned dog around 3:50 p.m. when they heard gunshots. The officers called police, and members of the Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, surrounding 50 Casaloma Trail.

Inside, 63-year-old Alonzo Shackleford Hood Sr. waited alone. He did not respond when officers called out, Sisk said, but he did fire his gun. During the standoff, the Georgia State Patrol’s SWAT team took over.

After calling out to Hood with a loudspeaker and hearing nothing back, members of the SWAT team threw a “chemical agent” into the house, Sisk said. They thought that would force Hood to leave, but he didn’t. So the SWAT team busted down his front door with an armored car and sent a robot with a camera into the house.

Inside, they found Hood dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. He lived in that house alone, Sisk said.

The Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for Hood’s arrest earlier this month. He was wanted on three counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated sexual battery. On Feb. 11, the Sheriff’s Office asked citizens on its Facebook page to help them find Hood.

"We hadn't located him,” Sisk said Thursday, when asked why they had not arrested Hood before his death.

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