Cameras not working during afternoon shoot out in Clarkston’s Milam ParkA stolen car involved in a shoot out at Clarkston's Milam Park was left at the scene. Photo provided to Decaturish
Update: After Decaturish first reported that cameras at Milam Park weren’t working during an afternoon shootout on Wednesday, a local business owner contacted Decaturish and said she’s been telling the city about this problem for a long time.
Shyannon Dibbasey said she has been trying to get the city to address the issue.
“The city of Clarkston has been aware of the cameras not being operable at the park for a minimum of two years,” Dibbasey said. “I was the one to alert the Clarkston Police Department to the matter, in which the public works director assured me that the camera parts were on order, but we’re on delay due to COVID-19.”
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Here is our earlier story…
Clarkston, GA — Clarkston Police responded to a shootout in Milam Park on Wednesday afternoon, March 29, but there is no security camera footage of the incident because the cameras weren’t working.
City officials say new cameras are on the way. The shootout involved multiple suspects and occurred around 1:15 p.m. at the park, located at 3867 Norman Road.
“We had some guys shooting at each other out at the park,” Sgt. Dustin Bulcher said. “No one was hit. One of the cars was stolen. Several of them fled on foot. We were able to locate three and take them into custody.”
The stolen car was left at the scene. The police spokesperson said he was unsure how the three suspects who were detained were connected to the shooting, and did not know if there were more suspects who got a way. He said the incident remains under investigation. The spokesperson and Clarkston City Manager Shawanna Qawiy confirmed security cameras were not working during the incident.
“We regret that the cameras were not functioning at this time,” Qawiy said. “Our city takes public safety seriously and we have invested in a camera systems to help deter crime and assist with investigations. We are working towards replacing them as soon as possible to ensure the safety and security of the residents and visitors.”
Clarkston completed a renovation of Milam Park in 2012, complete with modern playground equipment, upgraded restrooms, renovated soccer and baseball fields, refurbished pavilions with grills, and new ADA compliant ramps and sidewalks, according to the city’s website. The park also has a public pool.
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