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Convicted felon breaks into car and steals loaded gun, tased after an hour-long standoff with Dalton PD

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On July 8th, 2022, at 11:00 AM, Officer Hammontree, along with Officer Johnson and Officer Greer, responded to Pentafab Inc 2210 South Hamilton Street in response to an entering auto. The caller/victim advised that his 2006 Nissan Xterra had been entered by an unknown individual, and his Smith & Wesson 9mm firearm was missing. According to the report, The victim stated another employee had told him his vehicle had rolled backward from the Pentafab building into the perimeter fence. The victim initially thought that he had forgotten to put the vehicle in park. However, once he looked inside, he noticed all his belongings in disarray with his firearm stolen. While searching the area, officers located Larry David Sutton, 44, of Dalton, in a trailer. Officers observed Sutton grasping a silver pistol in his left hand while holding it underneath his chin with the muzzle pointed towards his head. Officer Hammontree reported, “[I] radioed to dispatch of what [I] observed and requested more officers to be en route to establish a perimeter and evacuate any employees within the structure. Sutton was given loud verbal commands multiple times to drop the gun. Sutton refused and stated he was going to kill himself. As Johnson was in the front, he attempted to talk Sutton down out of a mental crisis he was obviously having. Sutton continued to hold the weapon pointed at his head and would speak about multiple topics without any thoughtful transition involving the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Mexican cartel, Jesus Christ, and being interrogated in a training camp. In addition, Sutton continued to refer to himself as “A ghost” with having no given name.” Lt. Eaton and Detective Tucker arrived on the scene with other officers and assisted. At one point, Sutton said that he was going to jump out of the trailer and make the Dalton Police Department shoot and kill him. After a lengthy time of approximately 1 hour attempting to coax Sutton out of the trailer, officers on the scene formulated a plan to end this incident. According to the report, “As Detective Tucker continued to talk with Sutton and keep him distracted by giving him water, at one point Sutton placed the gun on the ground. Detective Tucker then gave Officer Johnson a signal to deploy a less-lethal option of a taser. Once Sutton saw Johnson, he attempted to reach for the gun. However, Johnson was able to deploy a precise taser shot to incapacitate Sutton while other officers maintained lethal cover. Detective Tucker was able to grab the gun from Sutton’s proximity while Johnson pulled him out of the trailer by his leg.” Sutton was then placed under arrest without further incident. Sutton was charged with theft by taking (felony), entering auto, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and obstruction. The stolen firearm was returned to the victim.