COBB COUNTY, GA – Police say a man with a bow and arrow hijacked a woman in Atlanta and was later shot dead by a Cobb County officer.
It started around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday when a security guard at the Savannah College of Art and Design in downtown Atlanta said the man first attempted to hijack him.
The carjacker then shot an arrow into a woman’s windshield on West Peachtree Street to get her car.
It all ended about 90 minutes later with an accident and a police shootout in Marietta.
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One of the SCAD students shared an email alerting him to the situation with Audrey Washington of Channel 2.
“At first I was a little worried,” Kayla Hensel, student at SCAD.
The students said they were both shocked and confused by the bizarre crime that took place just steps from their classrooms.
“To hear it was something with a bow and arrow, it was so irregular,” said Bedilu Green.
Atlanta Police said a man later identified as Andrew Emory, 29, approached a woman at 1438 Peachtree Street on Tuesday morning.
Police said he then fired a compound bow and arrows into his car’s windshield and forced her out of his car.
“I am definitely worried. It was just something I wasn’t expecting, ”Green said.
The woman told one of our Channel 2 Action News photographers at the scene that the suspect also threw a fire extinguisher at her. The woman was not injured.
But the police say Emory was not finished yet.
They say a man matching Emory’s description then attempted to hijack a security guard around the corner at 1600 Peachtree Road.
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“At first I didn’t believe it until my friends sent me screenshots and then I was like interesting,” Hansel said.
SCAD sent a security alert to the students warning them of what was going on.
“The Atlanta Police Department has informed SCAD’s University Security Department that the suspect involved in this morning’s attempted robbery in the 1600 Peachtree parking lot has been arrested,” the alert reads.
“Seeing that the security was complete, I feel a little better,” said Hansel.
Soon after, Emory crashed the car he had stolen from Marietta near the intersection of Atlanta Road and South Marietta Parkway. After the crash, a Marietta police officer shot Emory after he refused to put down the bow and arrows.
Jessie Brown works a block away.
“When I went under the underpass, I saw the wrecked car,” Brown told Channel 2’s Chris Jose. “You never see anything like that here.”
“The accident seemed to be serious with injuries. Motorists told us that the vehicle you see behind me hit the side of the bridge, ”said Chuck McPhilamy of the Marietta Police Department.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Emory walked out the passenger side door and pointed the bow and arrow at the Cobb County officer.
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Marietta police told Jose that one of their officers had arrived as backup, had given several verbal orders to drop the gun, and when Emory did not comply, the officer fired a shot.
“The incident itself took about 20 minutes before we could take him into custody. We were actively negotiating with him outside of the vehicle, ”said McPhilamy.
The GBI confirmed that Emory was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Jose filed an open case request for the 911 calls surrounding the shooting, but a case supervisor said it was a Cobb County officer who radioed him. We are still working to get it.
Marietta Police said Tuesday’s incident was the first shootout involving a Marietta police officer since August 2016.
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