For immediate release:
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office SWAT negotiators convinced a barricaded murder suspect to peacefully surrender tonight after a two hour standoff at a home in Lawrenceville.
Suspect Devon Jenkins, wanted by Duluth Police for the August 6 murder of Adam Schrier and the shooting of a woman and young child, initially refused to leave the home at 311Bedford Bay Lane, barricading himself in the upstairs area of the home with 4 young children and an adult female inside. Sheriff’s SWAT team members safely secured the adult female and two of the children and established contact with Jenkins via cell phone.
The LAV150 armored personnel carrier, provided to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office by the federal 1033 program, which allows the military to give law enforcement a variety of surplus equipment, enabled SWAT negotiators to safely gain close proximity to the home for peaceful negotiations and to maintain communication via the LAV’s speaker system after Jenkins’ cell phone died.
SWAT negotiators successfully persuaded Jenkins to bring the two remaining young children, ages 3 and 4, to the front door of the residence, where they were safely released to their mother. Jenkins surrendered to awaiting SWAT team deputies and was transported to the Gwinnett County Jail without further incident.
Sheriff Butch Conway was at the scene and, as promised, placed calls to Congressman Hank Johnson’s cell phone (which was discovered to be a wrong number) and office. He was advised by the Congressman’s staff that Congressman Johnson was not available and that the Sheriff’s message would be relayed. As of this press release, Sheriff Conway’s call has not been returned.