Skip to comments.Man shot, killed by deputies after 911 call claiming woman was trying to kill family
Posted on 01/06/2018 6:28:42 PM PST by dragnet2
Homeowner Mark Parkinson and his wife Diana. (Photo: WSBTV.com)
WALKER COUNTY, Ga. Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Walker County in which a deputy shot and killed a man in his Rossville home.
The incident began in the early-morning hours of New Years Day when a woman called 911 and said her estranged daughter-in-law threatened to kill her child and then herself.
When deputies arrived at the home on Meadowview Drive in Rossville, the family was sleeping.
The estranged daughter-in-law was living in the home with her parents while going through a divorce.
Because the 911 call claimed there could be a murder-suicide in progress, deputies surrounded the home and GBI officials said the deputies stated several times who they were, but the family members said they were sleeping and didnt hear the deputies.
When Mark Parkinson, who lives in the house, finally heard the commotion outside, he got out of bed to see what was going on.
He was armed, looking through a window, and thats when deputy John Chandler fired a fatal shot.
The victims wife, Diana Parkinson, said her husband would have never had the gun out if he had known there were police officers on the property. She said they didnt know who was there.
By the time I got into the kitchen, which probably was 30 seconds after he got up, he was already on the floor and had been shot, Diana Parkinson said.
GBI agents are working to determine whether the 911 call was fake. Right now, they said, they have no evidence to validate an emergency.
Going back many, many decades, all law enforcement patrol vehicles use combination two-way radios and PA, or Public Address systems, built into their communications systems of their vehicles.
A flip of the switch or press of the button changes the radio to the PA system and officer can simply key his microphone which gives him instant access to the Public Address system.
These PA systems are very loud with loudspeakers often mounted directly into the front grills and or the light bars of patrol vehicles.
The PA function button is clearly seen on the right side face of the police radio.
I understand this was about 3:30 a.m. The homeowner Mark Parkinson and his family were sleeping. After Mr. Parkinson and his wife heard noises outside, a responding deputy said he saw Mr. Parkinson in his own kitchen through a window. The deputy said the homeowner pointed the gun at him and the deputy subsequently shot him to death.
My question is, did the Deputies use their PA's or Public Address systems to first identity themselves and then order the occupants out of the residence?
If they had used their PA system, they would have been certain the occupants of the residence would have heard them, without question. And if no one exited the residence, they would have had to go in.
Could something as simple as a PA button save Mr. Parkinson from a brutal sudden death in the middle of the night?
Did the Deputies sneak up on the residence while the family were sleeping and peer into the windows hoping to located a bad guy? Or did they us their public address systems to ID themselves and order the occupants out?
Just FYI: Some modern construction homes with high energy efficiency materials are so well insulated that you *can’t* hear most PA systems.
Sounds like a possible swatting occurred here.
Badly written article. icant Tell what the hell was allegedly going on.
Horrific about another innocent shot by police. Seems too often they just assume the worst.
There needs to be more uproar about THESE types of shootings.
Anymore it seems like if it is dark outside, do not answer the door, look out a window or go outside. For any reason.
Are you suggesting that is the reason they might have declined to use their public address systems, to ID themselves and order the occupants out?
And if the occupants couldn’t hear a PA system, how in hell would deputies verbally calling out penetrate high energy efficiency insulated materials?
“Seems too often they just assume the worst.”
It doesn’t happen often,but when it does it makes the news.
If nothing goes awry,which is usually the case,we never hear about it.
They have some responsibility not to just shoot people.
Shoot first, ask questions later
That is what I was wondering. If so, the caller needs to go to jail. And, the shoot needs to be investigated thoroughly. I am hoping there were cameras elsewhere, other than by LEOs.
We have discussed this here, at home. We know if it happens, at least one of us will be shot/killed. It is reflexive to protect your home/loved ones.
One time is too often. Horrible tragedy.
It seems law enforcement is focusing on the 911 call. I am focusing on how the deputes approached the residence. Bottom line, the victims wife indicated they had no idea who was outside in the middle of the night.
I would submit if they'd had used the tools they had at their disposal, such as their PA systems, Mr. Parkinson might be alive and with his wife tonight.
In fact, I would be quite surprised to hear the deputies used their PA systems at the residence to ID themselves and order the people out. They would have heard it.
Need a high resolution, motion detection camera system that will work in very low light and automatically upload video to a remote server as it happens. ...and a good lawyer and legal lobby organization. Between the legitimized dopers (who the judicials won’t do much about) and the new judicial policies, our country is getting to be like a third world police state.
Swatting seems to be a very popular game. It has wonderful benefits. The police get to kill people for no valid reason at all and some neighbor gets revenge for someone using a leaf blower at 2 AM. It is a perfectly safe game as no police officer is ever harmed.
You’re right, though. Communication should be established at the location of the reported incident. But that’s so much like what our fathers did and so boring...and potentially dangerous. Try to talk to residents, and they might open fire. And look who would get hit, standing out there in the wide open space, three feet wide and unable to move fast.
or turn on the response lighting, if the PA doesn’t wake you up, the flashing blue and red lights illuminating your windows should.
I concur. All it takes is a phone call to law enforcement kill your personal enemies off?
This is really scary. Maybe the cops in Georgia never heard of this deadly prank. Is it possible that’s the reason they opted not to ID themselves and order the occupants out of the residence using their PA loud speaker systems?
Btw, a cursory look at Google Earth shows much older residences on the victims street. Based on the images, I would guess the homes on that street are many decades old.
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