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East Point police officer charged with burglary after SWAT standoff

April 16, 2019

An East Point police officer in now on administrative leave after being arrested in Newnan.

East Point police stated the following, “East Point Police Officer Robert Gray is being investigated by the City of Newnan Police Department for an alleged burglary that occurred Saturday, April 13, 2019. The alleged incident took place while Officer Gray was off duty. Currently, Office Gray is being held in custody by the Coweta Police Department on charges of Burglary in the 1st Degree. More charges are possible, pending the outcome of their investigation.

Officer Gray is on administrative leave, pending an Internal Affairs Investigation by the East Point Police Department.”

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gray was arrested following 5-hour long negotiations with SWAT officers.

Newnan police were called to the 400 block of Hunterian Place to investigate a burglary in progress just before midnight. They spotted a man, later identified as Gray, inside the house and set up a perimeter.

Gray refused to speak to officers on scene, and SWAT negotiators were called in, according to Newnan police. He eventually surrendered peacefully after five hours. No one was injured and police said no force was necessary, stated the AJC.

Newnan police are not releasing any details about the home’s resident because that person’s relationship with Gray is “domestic in nature.”

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