Suspect dead in East Albany standoff; wife has surgery

Published: May. 31, 2017 at 6:04 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 24, 2017 at 3:57 AM EST
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A man who barricaded himself inside an East Albany home after police say he shot his wife was found dead following a three hour standoff.

Police were called to a home at 2508 Brierwood Drive around 12:30 Wednesday morning.

When officers arrived, they found a 34-year-old Shonta Brown suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. She managed to escape from the home and yelled for help before collapsing in the street.

A neighbor found her and called 911.

She was transported to Phoebe Putney Hospital by EMS. Police officials said her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

A SWAT team was called in as negotiators worked to talk 34-year-old Earnest Jermaine Brown into surrendering peacefully.

They were unable to make any contact and moved inside around 3:30 and found Brown dead in the home.

Police say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Investigators are questioning witnesses and the victim to learn what led up to the shooting.

Ms. Brown had surgery Wednesday morning, and is recovering now.

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