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13-year veteran returned fire on man accused of shooting mother
Jackson officials release more info on Braselton SWAT standoff
Johnathan Wayne Allen
Johnathan Wayne Allen

Authorities released more information Wednesday, June 27, on the shooting and SWAT standoff Friday, June 22, on Charlie Cooper Road in Braselton.

According to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation document obtained by The Times through an open records request, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gerry Griffin returned fire after Jonathan Wayne Allen shot at the responding deputies.

Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said Griffin has worked for the department upward of 13 years combined.

The deputies were responding to a domestic incident Friday on Charlie Cooper Road, in which Mangum said Allen, 37, shot his mother, Linda Allen. 

Although the deputies had “bullets whizzing by their heads,” Mangum said none of the responding deputies were hurt. Both cars with the responding deputies took multiple shots.

“The front car, of course, had more shots than the back car, but the back car had shots also,” Mangum said.

Griffin wounded Allen, but his injuries were not life-threatening. The man then barricaded himself inside the house, Mangum said.

SWAT officers from Hall County and Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene.

“SWAT eventually entered the residence, at which time the suspect was taken into custody,” Mangum said.

The suspect and the victim were transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. The GBI said both are expected to survive.

Allen was charged with aggravated assault.