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SWAT standoff in Atlanta causes Decatur’s 4/5 Academy to keep students indoors

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SWAT standoff in Atlanta causes Decatur’s 4/5 Academy to keep students indoors


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An Atlanta Police vehicle. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Atlanta Police sent in the SWAT team to defuse a dangerous situation in East Lake and it temporarily forced students at the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue in Decatur to stay indoors.

According to police, the new owner of a home on Knox Street stopped by the home on Oct. 25 at 1:21 p.m. to inspect the property. When the owner walked in, a man – identified by police as Kenneth Pass – allegedly refused to leave the home.

“Pass advised that he had a shotgun and retreated to the upper level of the home,” a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department said. “When officers arrived on scene, the male advised the officers the same thing and threatened to shoot. Due to the condition of the home, the officers requested SWAT and Hostages negotiators to assist in this matter. Chemical agents deployed forced the suspect to surrender without injuries.  Pass will be charged with criminal trespass and terroristic threats.”

Principal Karen Newton at F.AVE sent a note to parents following the incident.

“After school today, the Atlanta Police Department dealt with a situation that was a couple of streets over from F.AVE,” she said. “As a precaution, we brought all our students in after school programming inside the building. Decatur Police assessed the situation and gave us clearance to resume activities as normal.”

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