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Ga. Man Killed in Police Shootout

September 5, 2002

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CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) _ A man fleeing police entered a house and killed the 85-year-old resident, then shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy before police killed him, authorities said Wednesday.

A neighbor called police Tuesday night to report that Terry Johnson, 31, was trying to set his house on fire because he was angry with his estranged wife. It was not immediately clear whether his wife was living at the home in Villa Rica, 30 miles west of Atlanta.

Johnson fled, but police spotted his car in nearby Carrollton and chased it, Sheriff Terry Langley said. Johnson stopped the car and ran inside Robert Smith’s house, fatally shooting the man. Police said there was no connection between the two men.

Johnson, carrying a 9 mm pistol and a .45-caliber handgun, then came outside the house and fired several times at Lt. Billy Jiles, killing him, the sheriff said. Other officers returned fire and killed Johnson.

``He just showered him with bullets,″ neighbor William Slaydon said. ``Lt. Jiles didn’t have a chance.″

The sheriff said officers were investigating the possibility that Johnson wanted to commit suicide by forcing police to kill him.

Firefighters found a handwritten will inside Johnson’s mailbox, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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