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Man shot, killed by deputies following standoff in East Hall
A man was shot and killed by deputies on Truelove Road in East Hall late Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, following an hourslong standoff. - photo by Megan Reed

A man was shot and killed by deputies late Saturday following a standoff at a home in East Hall County.

At about 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a man pointing a gun at neighbors near his home at 3185 Truelove Road, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Deputies spoke with neighbors, who said the man, identified as James Christopher Manus, 41, had pointed a pistol at neighbors and set one neighbor’s well house on fire.

Officers tried to speak with Manus, who was armed with a handgun, on his porch, but Manus went inside, according to the release. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team was then called to assist.

A six-hour standoff ensued, and a hostage negotiator tried to communicate with Manus. Around midnight, Manus then fired at SWAT team members while standing in the doorway. Officers returned fire, killing Manus.

No officers were injured, according to the release.

Neighbor Michael Nix said he was cooking on the grill Saturday evening when the standoff occurred.

“They kept hollering for him to come out and put his hands up, and he never did,” Nix said. “… It sounded like World War II going on.”

Nix said he has lived on that street for about 36 years, and neighbors don’t usually talk with each other much on Truelove Road.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating, as is customary in officer-involved shootings.

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