Wanted man reportedly kills himself on Casplan Street near Metropolitan Parkway

A man with arrest warrants reportedly killed himself this morning when confronted by Atlanta police.

It started around 7 a.m. with an attempted traffic stop near Casplan Street SW and Metropolitan Parkway in the southwest area of Atlanta near Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

Police say that when they approached the car, the man showed a gun and refused to exit the vehicle. As the officers retreated, they heard a single gunshot. Members of SWAT responded to the scene and determined that the driver had shot themselves. 

Jarvis Monroe shared images of Atlanta police officers and SWAT team members converging on a white car in a parking lot.

"I got up, walked outside, the streets were blocked off. Police saying situation happening, something going on," Monroe told FOX 5's Deidra Dukes.

Police officials told FOX 5 the driver of the sedan was known to police, wanted on three outstanding felony warrants, when officers initiated a traffic stop.

"When they went to place this male into custody, the man immediately produced a firearm. Officers retreated from the vehicle. Officers heard a gunshot," Atlanta Police Major Peter Malecki said.

A barricade situation has closed Caslplan Street near Metropolitan Parkway. 

SWAT moved in and discovered the unidentified man deceased inside the vehicle of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The heavy police presence was concerning for neighbors who initially feared the police activity was tied to the search for fugitive Charles Smith. The convicted killer walked away from the Atlanta Transitional Center in NE Atlanta Wednesday.

Police did not release the dead man's name, but said he was not Smith, and the incident had nothing to do with the search for the fugitive.

"No, this was an ongoing investigation we were familiar with this individual and had previously obtained arrest warrants. No relationship to that," Malecki said."

The incident resulted in the closure of Casplan Street for several hours. 


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