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DeKalb police: Suspect dead after standoff


DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a suspect, who fired at civilians and officers in a southern DeKalb County standoff, has been killed.

Capt. Stephen Fore says DeKalb County police received a 911 call around 9 p.m. Sunday reporting an armed, suicidal male alone inside a home in a subdivision.

Fore says the man, identified as Austin Leake, 20, fired at responding officers and at neighbors who were being evacuated from their homes. No one was injured.

A SWAT team arrived and attempted negotiations. Fore says Leake fired on SWAT officers, who returned fire.

Interim Chief of Police James Conroy said officers believe Leake was struck by one of the SWAT members.

The SWAT team made entry around 1 a.m. and found the suspect dead.

The suspect wasn't immediately identified, pending notification of family.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Mother defends daughter charged in fatal Decatur fire


DECATUR, Ga. -- The mother of a woman charged in the deaths of three of her children who died in a house fire is speaking out in defense of her daughter.

Rockell Coleman is charged with three counts of felony murder and five counts of cruelty to children after a fatal house fire on Friday night. Three of Coleman's children died in the fire, while two others were hurt.

Police said that the five children were left home alone. Coleman's mother, Lydia Pinckney, said that the 28-year-old was at a restaurant with friends, but she said that an adult friend of the family was supposed to have been there with the children.

Mother charged after 3 children killed in Decatur fire


DECATUR, GA – Police have charged a mother with felony murder after three of her children were killed and two others were injured in a house fire in Decatur on Friday night.

DeKalb Fire-Rescue crews arriving on the scene of the fire in the 3400 block of Misty Valley Road in Decatur late Friday night found two children-- a 9-year-old and a 4-year-old -- outside the home and three other children trapped inside.

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WATCH LIVE: 2 officers, 1 suspect shot in DeKalb; 2nd suspect caught


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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have caught a second suspect in an officer-involved shooting Friday morning. The 29-year-old man was arrested in Dawn Memorial Park, a cemetery less than a mile from the police command post.

Another suspect and two police officers were shot in the incident at the Colony Ridge Apartments in the 4300 block of Glenwood Road.

The shooting happened at around 6:45 a.m. The original 911 call reported a home invasion and armed robbery. DeKalb police and sheriff's officials responded to the scene, where they found the two suspects leaving the apartment.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Man ambushed in woods, shot and killed


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Family members tell 11Alive news the man shot and killed in the woods in DeKalb County was ambushed by someone he knew.

The shooting happened while a manhunt was underway for a suspect involved in a double officer shooing off Glenwood Road early Friday morning. DeKalb County Police told 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom the homicide off Snapfinger Woods Drive and Wesley Chapel Road was not related to that double police shooting.

DeKalb Police confirmed the shooting off Snapfinger resulted in the man's death, but released no additional details.