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2 arrested in Marietta motel shooting


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two people have been arrested and charged in a possibly gang-related shooting at a Marietta motel.

It happened May 9 at around 1 a.m. at the Hospitality Inn in the 2300 block of Delk Road. Investigators determined 23-year-old Erik Gonzales was shot on the left side of his chest after being involved in an argument that quickly turned physical.

Marietta Police detectives interviewed Gonzales at Northside Hospital and, with his help, identified the two suspects. Erik Hernandez, 19, was arrested shortly after the shooting. A warrant for 21-year-old Cristian Romero was issued May 14; Romero was arrested about two hours later.

Both suspects were charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Witnesses: Naked man shot after attacking police in Cobb


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A call to investigate a suspicious - apparently naked - person in Marietta quickly escalated Sunday morning and now a suspect has been shot and the officer injured.

Cobb County police were called to the Masters Inn in Marietta around 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

When they arrived a man was on the scene, described as "unruly" by officials.

More noticeable to witnesses was the fact that he was also apparently almost naked, with at least one witness saying he was only wearing underwear.

Neighbors said he appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance.

When police attempted to get a handle on the situation, it quickly erupted into a serious altercation that forced an officer to tase the suspect.

When that, too, was unsuccessful, an officer shot the man in the stomach.

Man sentenced to 20 years in shooting of Cobb officer


MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta man was sentenced to 20 years in the shooting of a police officer.

Shymel Young pleaded guilty to shooting Cobb County Police Officer Danny Rogers in July 2013. He must serve 12 years of his sentence in prison.

Authorities said Rogers was patrolling the Concord Chase apartment complex off of Hurt Road in Smyrna when he was shot by Young.

Young fled police for nearly six months before he was caught in Jan. 2014.

Rogers spent time recovering at home and has since left the force.


Gun-wielding man shot by Cobb County police officers


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County police officers dispatched to a noise complaint Monday morning ended up exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

It began at around 1:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park in the 1100 block of Atlanta Road, just west of Dobbins Air Reserve Base. A resident of the mobile home park was playing very loud music, according to police.

The officers asked the 37-year-old man, identified as Brian Thomas Olhmann, to turn down his music. He refused, then pulled out a gun and began firing at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the man at least once, according to investigators.

Olhmann was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and was listed in critical condition.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on routine administrative leave.

Man sentenced to life for Marietta bar murder


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Canton man will spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of murdering another man inside a Marietta bar.

Dennis Lee Hampton was convicted in March of shooting 34-year-old Takilam Terrell to death.

The murder happened Apr. 7, 2013, at Milo's Bar and Grill on Garrison Road. Prosecutors said Terrell was arguing with his girlfriend, and Hampton's cousin got involved in the dispute, escalating it. Hampton then stepped in, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot, striking Terrell. The two reportedly did not know each other.

A Cobb County jury convicted Hampton of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and firearm use by a convicted felon during the commission of a crime. He was acquitted of one count of aggravated assault with a bottle.

Buying a home - one $10 pickle jar at a time


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COBB COUNTY, Ga. – Inside this Cobb County warehouse, between boxing and filing and shipping and working, an unlikely friendship was born.

Luke is the owner's son. Tim is the hired help, who applied for the job at Glory Haus with a tough line on his resume.

"I was homeless," he said.

He got the job anyway, and worked every day.

"My life was… whew, I was at the end of the road," he said.

He and his wife got off the street.

"All of the sudden out of the blue she said God told her that a little boy was coming in my life," Tim said.

He believes that's Luke.

Christopher Sparkman sues FedEx over workplace shooting


COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility has filed a lawsuit against the company.

Christopher Sparkman, 29, was shot at point-blank in the abdomen when 19-year-old FedEx employee Geddy Kramer opened fire at the facility on April 29, 2014. Kramer shot five other people before killing himself.