Two Georgia police officers were shot and wounded, but the stand-off ended up claiming innocent lives.
The city of Atlanta is reeling from two violent stand-offs, and one of them has resulted in the death of a pregnant mother and her son.
According to the CBS News, a stand-off has begun when two Georgia police officers were shot and wounded. The gunman reportedly killed himself after killing a 16-year-old boy and his pregnant mother.
Family planning a surprise baby shower for Sandra White, instead held a vigil for her, her unborn child and her teenage son near Atlanta. All 3 killed during a 17-hour-standoff with White's boyfriend in which two police officers were also shot. @CBS46: https://t.co/4AIiL5aiL6 pic.twitter.com/06Vc8pBBcv— HLN (@HLNTV) 7 April 2019
Two officers were responding to a domestic disturbance on Thursday morning last week. The body cam footage shows the two officers being ambushed upon entry of the front door and retreating, wounded.
The gunman reportedly yelled that he had a hostage before threatening to fire rounds of ammunition he claimed to have.
Parents of Sandra White, pregnant woman who was murdered by boyfriend in Henry Co SWAT standoff, say her death should be a lesson for people to get out of abusive situations. She was supposed to have baby shower on Saturday #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/dNLpk8HsoZ— George (@gfrancofox5news) 5 April 2019
After shooting the responding officers — one in the hand and another in the hip — 47-year-old Atlanta native Anthony Tony Bailey Jr. then barricaded himself in the home with the pregnant woman and her teenage son. It is uncertain if the victims were dead or alive at the time.
They gathered at Carver Hi in ATL Friday night to remember and pray for Sandra White. Henry Co PD says she was the pregnant woman murdered by her boyfriend who also killed her teen son. Her mom says she never knew her daughter was in danger. #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/XooiupD1Fw— George (@gfrancofox5news) 6 April 2019
A standoff ensued for the next 15 hours as police pleaded with the gunman to release the teenage boy from the home in Stockbridge, south of Atlanta.
Dramatic video from police body cameras shows a chaotic scene, as officers are ambushed almost immediately after they break down the door of the home. The video shows one of the officers being wounded and dragging his rifle across the front lawn to safety.
This morning, a memorial continues to grow outside the home where Sandra White and her 16-year-old son were killed.— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) 6 April 2019
LIVE AT 8: @LaurenPozenWSB speaks with the victim's family, who went from planning her surprise baby shower to planning two funerals https://t.co/1KoHFOj1H2 pic.twitter.com/aaCaMcnDWp
Police were initially hopeful, saying a negotiator was speaking with the gunman, and they held off for 15 hours. However, by late Thursday night, the gunman was refusing to surrender and would not "provide proof of the well-being" of the teenager and the woman inside. So commanders made the decision to deploy gas inside the home, police said.
I’m sick. Ms Sandra White was a wonderful nurse and a dear friend of a friend. 8 months pregnant. And shot by a convicted felon who was granted early release. All the prayers out to this family. https://t.co/ThwXCcXpKe— JonathanB (@brimetimenole) 6 April 2019
"The suspect fired numerous rounds at SWAT officers and vehicles," police said in an update on social media late Thursday.
Finally, in the pre-dawn hours Friday, police forced their way into the home, only to find three bodies.
They found 39-year-old Sandra Renee White, who was eight months pregnant, in the home's garage. Her son, 16-year-old Arkeyvion White, was in an upstairs bedroom.
The gunman, Bailey, was also found in the bedroom, dead via suicide.
Arkeyvion is 16 year old killed and his pregnant mother Sandra White who was due to have 2nd son “Antonio” in about 2 weeks. Her family says boyfriend Anthony Bailey is suspect who killed himself after standoff and who shot two Henry Co officers pic.twitter.com/tBPo2wNsmi— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) 5 April 2019
While speaking to WAGA-TV, Sandra's sister Anetria White said that she had called the police early that morning after seeing blood on in the garage.
Before walking in any further, she asked for the police to arrive to check on the occupants of the home.
Sandra White’s parents just arrived. God bless them! I can’t imagine. It’s so moving to see strangers coming out to support them and hug their necks during this difficult time. #HenryCounty pic.twitter.com/ABFstKG93T— Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) 6 April 2019
"I don't know what to say," she told WGCL. "If you come over to your sister's house and you see her dead in the garage and then you wait from 11 o'clock in the morning until now you find out all three of them are gone."
“We were getting ready to give her a baby shower tomorrow,” Sandra White’s mother, Kathie White, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Sandra White’s mom Kathie White is speaking to the crowd about domestic violence. pic.twitter.com/bHpSDfgvsv— Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) 6 April 2019
Sandra White was a registered working nurse at WellStar Health System and had been taking classes at Georgia Southern University to further her training in the field. Arkeyvion was a football player at Dutchtown High School.
The relationship of the gunman to the victims has not been reported.