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Update: Knife-wielding man charged with attempted murder after threatening medics
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Gainesville police were investigating at Shades Valley Lane Monday, Oct. 17, after a person shot a man who was threatening medics. - photo by Brian Wellmeier

Update: A man repeatedly shot another man who was threatening medics in a Gainesville neighborhood Monday, Oct. 17, Gainesville police said. 

The incident began about 7:30 a.m. when police received two calls from the Shades Valley Lane area of a man possibly experiencing a mental health episode.

The man, who was armed with knives, ran from the area and made his way through the nearby apartment complex and the neighborhood. Lt. Kevin Holbrook later identified the man as Darrion Suave Fraley, 34.

“It looked like he kicked over a motorcycle (and) damaged a couple of vehicles,” Holbrook said, describing it as “erratic behavior.”

The man encountered two medics loading a patient into an ambulance on an unrelated matter and began threatening the medics.

Another man, who neighbors said lived in the neighborhood, shot the knife-wielding man multiple times, Holbrook said.

“After (Fraley) was shot, he took the gun from the individual that shot him and attempted to use it by shooting him,” Holbrook said.

Holbrook said police believe there were no more bullets in the gun.

Holbrook said the shooter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, though Holbrook did not have further details. Holbrook did not share any information about the shooter.

Fraley was charged with attempted murder, obstruction of an EMT, possession of a firearm and a knife during the commission of a crime and aggravated assault.

As of Monday afternoon, Holbrook said the shooter is not facing charges, but the investigation is ongoing.

Following the incident, residents still at the scene around 10 a.m. said they heard gunshots from inside their homes. 

Resident Rodney Garrett said he believed the suspect lived in apartments near the back of the neighborhood.

Residents described the Monday morning incident as more of an isolated case, and they said that hearing gunshots wasn’t a common occurrence there.

“This is a nice community,” Garrett said. “We have doctor folks in this community, attorney folks in this community, good folks in this community…it’s just sad, disappointing.”

Fraley was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in critical condition, and two other minor injuries were reported.  


Update: A man shot another man multiple times who was threatening medics Monday, Oct. 17 in Gainesville, police said.

Police responded around 7:30 a.m. Monday to Shades Valley Lane in Gainesville regarding a man possibly experiencing a mental health episode.

Minutes before the shooting, police were called out to Windward Lane off of Limestone Parkway for an abnormal behavior call.

The man, who was armed with knives, ran from the area and made his way through the nearby apartment complex and the neighborhood.

“It looked like he kicked over a motorcycle (and) damaged a couple of vehicles,” Holbrook said, describing it as “erratic behavior.”

The man encountered two medics loading a patient into an ambulance on an unrelated matter and began threatening the medics.

Another man, who neighbors said lived in the neighborhood, shot the knife-wielding man multiple times, Holbrook said.

Lt. Kevin Holbrook said the shooter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, though Holbrook did not have further details. Holbrook did not share any information on the shooter.

Following the incident, residents still at the scene around 10 a.m. said they heard gunshots from inside their homes. 

Resident Rodney Garrett said he believed the suspect lived in apartments near the back of the neighborhood, where he said his daughter also lives.

Residents described the Monday morning incident as more of an isolated case, and they said that hearing gunshots wasn’t a common occurrence there.

“This is a nice community,” Garrett said. “We have doctor folks in this community, attorney folks in this community, good folks in this community…it’s just sad, disappointing.”

The man with knives was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in critical condition, and two other minor injuries were reported.  

Police did not release any further details.


Reporter Brian Wellmeier contributed to this report.




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Gainesville police were investigating at Shades Valley Lane Monday, Oct. 17, after a man shot a man who was threatening medics. - photo by Brian Wellmeier

A person shot a man who was threatening medics Monday, Oct. 17 in Gainesville, police said.

Police responded around 7:30 a.m. Monday to Shades Valley Lane in Gainesville regarding a man possibly experiencing a mental health episode.

Gainesville Police said the man was armed with knives and was running in the neighborhood.

Police said the man threatened two medics who were assisting someone, and an unidentified person shot the man multiple times.

The man was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in critical condition, and two other minor injuries were reported.

Police did not release any further details.

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Gainesville police were investigating at Shades Valley Lane Monday, Oct. 17, after a person shot a man who was threatening medics. - photo by Brian Wellmeier