Man killed by DeKalb County police during hostage situation identified

DeKalb County police and SWAT responded to a hostage situation on Cragstone Court in Lithonia early Saturday morning. 

FOX 5 Atlanta received several reports of a heavy police presence from residents in the area.

During a press conference around 12:15 p.m., a police spokesperson told the media that a man inside the residence had been shot and was in a hospital in critical condition.

Police say they initially received a call from a teenager around 3:30 a.m. about a burglary in progress inside the residence. When they arrived, it was determined that a woman was inside the residence with a man, and she was being held hostage. The SWAT team was called in and began negotiations. At some point, the woman came out on her own free will.

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A DeKalb County SWAT team surrounded the home off Cragstone Court in Lithonia which was the subject of a hostage situation on May 27, 2023. (FOX 5)

Search and arrest warrants were obtained and police made entry. At that time, the man reportedly raised his weapon towards the officers and he was shot.

He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

He was later identified by investigators as 36-year-old Jeremy Haugabook.

Police said during the press conference that the man had fired shots prior to their arrival.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is being called in to investigate, which is standard procedure for shootings involving police. 

This is the 44th investigation of use of force by officers the GBI has been asked to handle this year.