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 Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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