NWGA Scanner | February 13th, 2022

GSP SWAT helps Dalton PD arrest convicted felon who opened fire inside apartment and barricaded self

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, on February 3rd, 2022, at 7:45 PM, Dalton Police Department officers responded to an active shooter call at apartments on East Morris Street. According to the report, “Officers arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter around the apartment.” On the way to the scene, dispatch advised that the neighbor saw and heard guns shots going throughout the apartment. Officer Owens reported, “[I] approached the outside northeast corner of the apartment, taking cover. There was a window at the corner, and it was covered with a sheet on the inside. [I] could see the sheet move from time to time. [I] called out to the suspect Samuel Dennis Hunt, 60, of Dalton, multiple times that the Dalton Police Department was here and he needed to come out with his hands up.” The apartments next to Samuel’s were evacuated, and the road was closed off to traffic. Multiple attempts were also made to call Samuel via telephone, but he did not answer. Georgia State Patrol SWAT team was contacted to respond to the scene. GSP SWAT arrived on the scene, and another call attempt via telephone was made. After several hours GSP SWAT was able to get Samuel to exit the apartment with his hands up. Officer Owens reported, “[I] and Officer Hughes, and Lt. Woods approached Samuel. [I] handcuffed Samuel and searched him incident to arrest.” Officer Johnson spoke with the 911 caller/victim. The victim advised Samuel Hunt is his neighbor. The victim went over to Samuel’s apartment. Samuel was talking to the victim about a robbery incident that occurred on October 16th, 2021. Samuel told the victim that he suspected him of being a part of the robbery. The victim stated that Samuel then raised his firearm and said, “You think this is a toy.” Samuel then fires several shots. The victim stated that he then heard three more gunshots go off while running for safety. According to the report, “During the check of Samuel’s criminal history during the month of March 22nd, of 2000, he was convicted of a felony. Samuel was booked into the Whitfield County Jail, charged with reckless conduct, simple assault, criminal trespass (damage of $500 or less), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and discharging a firearm on or near a public highway or street.