McCaysville, Ga. – James Larry Parris, Jr., age 51, is facing multiple felony charges after an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 30. The incident, a hostage situation, led to police using lethal force to bring the situation to an end.
Details are emerging of the events that happened shortly after midnight in the City of McCaysville.
The McCaysville Police Department responded to a housing authority apartment complex after Fannin County dispatch received a 911 call. According to dispatch, Parris stated during the 911 call that no one was leaving the apartment alive.
Patrolman Bill Higdon was first on the scene and upon arriving at the apartment was immediately faced with an armed and belligerent Parris.
Parris had allegedly forced entry into the apartment, which is occupied by his ex-wife. A male friend of the female victim and a minor were also present at the time.
While Parris and his ex-wife have been divorced for many years, sources tell FetchYourNews that Parris had become enraged upon hearing that the male friend was present in the home. According to sources Parris and the unnamed male victim are blood related.
Patrolman Higdon established that Parris was armed with a 20 gauge shotgun and that there were three hostages present at scene.
Parris told Higdon “not to come in the apartement” and verbally threatened the officer and hostages with bodily harm. At this point Higdon requested further assistance, to which McCaysville Chief of Police Michael Earley, Detective Captain Billy Brackett, Patrolman Cory Collogan, as well as members of the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded.
Earley, Brackett, and Higdon attempted to negotiate with Parris. Earley told FetchYourNews that negotiations with Parris “went on for quite some time and initially seemed to be successful”. Through these negotiations Parris had agreed to put down his weapon and let the officers enter the apartment.
Once officers began to enter, however, Parris rearmed himself, picking up the shotgun and pointing it at officers while shouting, “Get out! Get out of this house!”.
With the immediate threat that Parris posed to the officers, Chief Earley took measures to end the situation and fired upon Parris, disarming the gunman and allowing time for officers to move in and make an arrest.
Parris was airlifted to a Metro Atlanta hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Parris was released from the hospital on Thursday, Sep. 5.
McCaysville Police Chief Earley, Capt. Brackett, and Officer Mark Chastain, were present at the hospital to escort Parris back to Fannin County.
Paris is currently being held at the Fannin County Detention Facility where he faces the following charges:
- Firearm/Knife possession while committing or attempting to commit a crime
- Criminal Attempt (A person commits the offense of criminal attempt when, with intent to commit a specific crime, they perform any act which constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that crime)
- Cruelty to ChildrenBurglaryDamage to and intrusion upon property
- 3 Counts False Imprisonment
- 6 Counts Aggravated Assualt
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McCaysville, Ga – Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and McCaysville Police Department confirmed that an overnight officer-involved shooting occurred within McCaysville city limits.
According to the press release issued by McCaysville, Police Department, Fannin 911 emergency operations center received a call from a woman on August 30th at 12:08 a.m., who stated that an armed male gunman man had broken into her apartment.
The accused gunman was James Larry Parris, Jr., 50 and the ex-husband of the the 911 caller.
McCaysville Officers arrived on the scene and the suspect proceeded to barricade himself and three others in the apartment – the woman, her male friend, and a 14 year old minor. Officers attempted to negotiate with Parris to leave the apartment or release the hostages in the building.
Fannin County and Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on the scene to assist with the situation during this time.
After negotiations failed, McCaysville Officers, Fannin County Deputies, and Polk County Deputies entered the residence. They found Parris still holding his firearm. He refused to drop the weapon and pointed it at law enforcement in the room.
McCaysville Police then proceeded to shoot Parris, who was then taken into custody and transported to Kennestone hospital. At this time, he is in stable condition with a guard posted at his door.
Once recovered, Parris faces several charges including aggravated assault on peace officers, false imprisonment, first-degree cruelty to children, and burglary.
No officers were injured in this incident.
This marks Georgia’s 54th officer-involved shooting in 2019. GBI will handle the officer shooting side of the investigation while Detective Billy Brackett covers the home invasion and domestic violence side.