Georgia Police Lieutenant Arrested After Standoff with SWAT Team

Keith Palmer

A Georgia cop burglarized a home and then got confronted by SWAT in a five hour standoff

Lieutenant Robert Gray, 49, of the East Point Police Department was arrested in Newnan, Georgia on Sunday after five hours of negotiations with SWAT officers. 

On April 14 Newnan police were called to a residence to investigate a late night burglary in progress. They spotted a man, later identified as Gray, inside the house and set up a perimeter.

CBS reports that Gray refused to speak to officers on scene, and SWAT negotiators were called in. Gray embarked on a five hour standoff with SWAT but eventually surrendered peacefully. No one was injured and police said no force was necessary.

Gray was off duty at the time of the burglary and standoff.

Newnan police are not releasing any details about the home’s resident because that person’s relationship with Gray is domestic in nature.

Gray could face more charges pending the outcome of the criminal investigation, a spokeswoman for the Newnan agency said.

Gray is being held in the Coweta County Jail on a charge of first-degree burglary. According to East Point police, Gray has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation by that agency.

Gray first joined the East Point Police Department in October 1993 and resigned in May 2007 at the rank of sergeant, according to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council records. He did a stint as a detective for Sandy Springs police before returning to East Point in 2012. He was promoted to lieutenant in April of 2018.


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