TCSO Responds To Christmas Day Barricade

On Saturday, Troup County Sherriff Deputies along with officers from the Newnan Police Department and the Fulton County Police Department responded to a disturbance in West Point regarding an individual who had barricaded themselves in the house along with family.


TCSO issued a press release regarding the incident.


“On December 25th at 3:45 PM deputies and investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to West Point Road in regards to a welfare check on a disabled adult child who had possibly been tied to a bed and was the victim of physical abuse.

Once on scene, they were able to speak to the alleged victim and due to there not being enough physical evidence at the time of the call, the victim was removed from the home without incident and placed with another family member until the investigation could move forward on Monday due the mental capacity of the victim.


At 6:23 PM deputies were dispatched back out to the home in reference to the mother identified as Debra Ann Kight, 57 years old, and her husband was arguing and Debra placed a handgun at her husband’s head and threatened to shoot him and herself. The husband was able to escape from the home and met with deputies who were waiting outside.

Based on the facts, a warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Gun – Family Violence Act, was secured. Debra began communicating with deputies via phone that she would harm herself and law enforcement should they make any attempts to take her to jail.


Due to the circumstances, outside resources were contacted and tactical teams from the Newnan Police Department and the Fulton County Police Department responded to the scene.


Verbal communications continued using negotiators until it was clear that Debra was not going to be willing to come out of the home. Shortly after 12 AM the tactical teams began an approach of the home using armored vehicles and began a series of verbal communications over a public address system along with flashbang noises in an attempt to force her out of the home. These continued for approximately the next hour and a half as chemical agents were also introduced into the house.


Debra finally exited the home and was taken into custody around 1:30 AM without further incident and transported to the Troup County Jail where she is currently charged with the Aggravated Assault charge.


As this investigation continues, additional charges are possible. We certainly understand the difficulty this placed on some of the residents in the area given the nature of it being Christmas night, however, we appreciate their cooperation and understanding.


Also thank you to the personnel from the Newnan Police Department and the Fulton County Police Department for responding so quickly to bring this to a peaceful outcome”, said Troup County Sheriff’s Office.


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