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Video: Hours-long standoff ends with home in flames, suspect dead

A man fired over 300 rounds at officers, police said

LaGrange Police Department standoff

LaGrange Police Department

By Suzie Ziegler

LAGRANGE, Ga. — Georgia police have released new video and 911 audio of a violent standoff last month that left a man dead and a house in flames. During the incident, police say the suspect fired over 300 rounds at officers over several hours.

According to 11 Alive, it all began on Tuesday, Nov. 16 with a welfare check. An 8-year-old boy had called 911 to report that his dad, identified as Brian Jessee, was having a seizure and needed help. When police arrived, the boy and his brother, also 8, told police that their dad was inside wearing a vest and had guns.

In bodycam video, an officer is heard repeatedly asking Jessee to come out. It’s dark outside, so the deputy backs away, believing that Jessee could be armed, the report says. The next day, officers began texting Jessee and spent hours communicating back and forth.

At one point Jessee comes out of the house and fires multiple rounds at officers, bodycam video shows. Drone footage from the police department shows Jessee walking around his yard with a rifle. Jessee later began firing at the drone, and then again at officers when they arrived with an armored BearCat vehicle, the report said. According to police, Jessee fired off more than 300 rounds at officers and the BearCat over three hours. He also threw an explosive at officers, according to the report.

Around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, a fire broke out inside the home’s garage, police said. The flames grew and destroyed the home. Human remains found inside were determined to belong to Jessee, reported the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. The officers and children were not injured, according to 11 Alive.