Knife-wielding man killed in Georgia standoff

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — A police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man as he approached a woman during a domestic disturbance in a large Atlanta suburb, news reports authorities on Monday.

The dead man has been identified as Sean Michael Kinney, 37, of Cumming.

The shooting happened Sunday night in Newnan, about 40 miles (64.37 km) southwest of Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. Officers responding to a neighbor’s call about a disturbance at a home were unable to contact the woman living there, according to a GBI news release.

A SWAT team and hostage negotiators were called in, a perimeter was established around the building and there were unsuccessful attempts to speak with those in the house, the GBI said.

Through a window, a Newnan officer saw a man with a knife, he added.

“The officer then saw a door open behind Kinney with the woman sitting on the floor,” the GBI statement said. “Kinney turned and started walking towards the woman with the knife in hand, and the officer fired repeatedly through the window, killing Kinney.”

No one else was reported injured.

The GBI said it was asked to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting, which is common after a shooting involving an officer.

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