Disgruntled employee reportedly person responsible for Alpharetta standoff
ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The man with a gun who barricaded himself inside of a HomeGoods store on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta has been arrested, according to police.
Police officers responded to the area earlier today after receiving a report about a man with a gun. Nearby businesses were evacuated.
“Our first officer was present at the store two minutes after and that’s when the evacuation and searching of the store began,” Lt. Andrew Splawn with Alpharetta Police said.
Employees told CBS46 reporter Adam Murphy that the man was a disgruntled employee. That information has not been confirmed.
HomeGoods released the following statement:
“The safety of our Associates and customers is very important to us. We are very grateful to the Alpharetta and Roswell Police Departments and the North Fulton County SWAT team for their fast response, and that they were able to resolve this matter peacefully. We are also thankful for our store management team’s quick thinking and calm approach during this very difficult situation. As this is a matter of law enforcement, we would defer further comment to the police departments involved.”
The man has been identified as 33-year-old Eric Gibson of Avondale Estates. A gun was recovered at the scene. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
Gibson is being charged with reckless conduct and simple assault.
Pam Murphy told CBS46 that she is relieved beyond words that the situation ended peacefully.
“Scary. Scary just to go out on a nice day, a Tuesday afternoon to go shopping and something like that happens in your life,” Murphy said. “When you start seeing it in public places like this and people carrying guns and just using them randomly or scaring people it’s scary.”
The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety is thanking Milton Police, Roswell Police and Johns Creek Police departments for their assistance.
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