A 43-year-old Milton man is in critical condition after he allegedly raised a pistol at officers following threats through the popular social media site Facebook to kill himself and police who responded.
Capt. Shawn McCarty of the Milton Police Department said a friend of the suspect, Jeff Hamilton, called 911 at 8:15 p.m. May 8 after seeing the suicidal status update. Officers arrived at Hamilton’s Morris Road townhome, which is in the Fairview community, five minutes later.
Officers spoke with Hamilton through his partially opened front door and repeatedly asked to see his hands to ensure he was not armed. Hamilton did not comply, and became more agitated.
Eventually, Hamilton allegedly aimed a pistol at Milton police, and was tased and shot.
EMS units arrived and transported Hamilton to North Fulton Regional Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Per the City of Milton Police Department’s Standard Operating Procedures, the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. In the City of Milton, the GBI investigates all officer-involved shootings.
The officer involved has been with the Milton Police Department for five years and is a 15-year veteran of law enforcement.
McCarty said the GBI will determine the charges against Hamilton. Officers currently have no motive for his alleged suicidal and violent threats.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in the five-year history of the City of Milton Police Department.