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Roswell murder suspect arrested after standoff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville
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The patient drop-off area at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center's emergency room in Gainesville, pictured Oct. 17, 2019. - photo by Scott Rogers

A Roswell man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend was captured after a standoff with police outside Gainesville’s Northeast Georgia Medical Center early Saturday, according to authorities.

The woman was found dead at a Roswell apartment complex a few hours previously.

Roswell Police officers were called out around 12:48 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, to the Crest of Riverside apartments in the 800 block of Chattahoochee Circle in Roswell to check on Kelly Vucelich, 36.

Roswell Police Lt. Zachary Frommer said one of Vucelich’s family members called 911 after learning from her boyfriend, Jason Hall, 36, of Roswell, that Vucelich may have been shot in her apartment.

Officers found Vucelich dead from an apparent gunshot wound, and the investigation led to Hall as the primary suspect, Frommer said.

While law enforcement searched for Hall, a family member took the Roswell man to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where they encountered officers from Gainesville Police and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said.

Gainesville Police Lt. Kevin Holbrook said they were dispatched around 3 a.m. Saturday for a report of a person with a gun at the hospital.

“It was reported the individual had been taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation, at which point he fled with a gun,” Holbrook wrote in an email.

Holbrook said they found the man hiding outside of an unoccupied building. Officers attempted to peacefully resolve the situation while also “providing safety and security to all parties on campus of the hospital.”

After a short standoff, Hall was arrested after 4 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. He was turned over to Roswell Police before being transported to the Fulton County Jail. 

“This situation shows that utilizing safety concepts to properly apply de-escalation methods and techniques in critical incidents is paramount,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a statement. “Although not always the case, when safe to do so and time allows, the use of properly applied de-escalation and crisis intervention training will and can save lives. This was a very tense and dangerous situation, to which we are very fortunate ended with a peaceful resolution.” 

Hall was charged with murder.

“Regarding motive, we can broadly say it appears to be a domestic situation,” Frommer wrote in an email.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Cochran said the department’s involvement was “minimal” until Gainesville Police arrived on the scene, as it was their jurisdiction.

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