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Donovan promises specialgrand jury to investigate shooting

In a release Paulding DA Dick Donovan said he would empanela special grand jury to hear evidence in the case of thedeputy-involved shooting of an unarmed suspect, BrandonLee Bohanan (WM, 35), Wednesday.  Beyond stating hisplans, Donovan said he would make no comment on the shootingon Township Drive. 

Bohanan,who was sought on two warrants for probationviolation, is dead after he barricaded himself and anotherperson in the basement of a Paulding home at 288 TownshipDrive in Hiram.  Bohanan was shot once by a deputy whomauthorities say has been an officer at Paulding for over twoyears with ten years overall experience in police work.

Deputies were at the residence seeking Lelia Sierra Duncan(W/F, 27 YOA) who was wantedfor  probation violations associated withmethamphetamine and obstruction (M)) and had been reportedto be staying at the residence within the last severaldays.  It was when authorities were at the residencethey discovered that Bohanan, also wanted for probationviolations, was there. Duncan was not located at theresidence and is still at large.

Deputies, who had arrived at 3:22 pm on Oct. 5, ultimatelymade entry to the basement room where Bohanon had lockedhimself after use of battering rams at about 4:34 pm. Authorities on the warrants division said they were aware ofthe room from more than 100 visits to the residence in thepast 13 years.

After breaching the door in addition to Bohanan deputiesdiscovered Emelia Alys Blehm (W/F, 36 YOA) in the darkbasement room. Deputies gave commands for the pair to showtheir hands and to get on the ground. Blehm immediatelycomplied with Deputies commands and Bohanan, according tothe release offered by the PCSO, came toward Deputies in anaggressive manner and would not show them his hands.

It was then that Deputy David Martin, of the Sheriff’sOffice Warrants Division, fired one round striking Bohananand fatally wounded him.

Deputies immediately rendered aid to Bohanan, but they wereunable to save him.

Deputies arrested Ms. Blehm for misdemeanor obstruction.Jacob Lee James Barkwell (W/M, 32 YOA), who was also at theresidence during the incident, was arrested on unrelatedcharges.

Bohanan’s body was turned over to the Paulding CountyCoroner who took him to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation(GBI) Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

The GBI has been called in to do a complete investigation ofthe incident and, as stated above, the Paulding DA ispromising to convene a special grand jury to hear the case.Deputy Martin is on paid administrative leave until thiscase is resolved.

Any inquiries regarding the investigation into this incidentwill need to be made through the GBI Public Affairs Officein Atlanta.
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I can count about 4 different things in that article that make absolutely no sense. About that man more things from the other posts as well.

 

There's C.Y.A.'ing going on all around. Family and police.

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I can count about 4 different things in that article that make absolutely no sense. About that man more things from the other posts as well.

 

There's C.Y.A.'ing going on all around. Family and police.

 

Let me post the release 'as given' ... I don't think I distorted anything; it is just the construction was a little tortured.

 

 

Township Drive Deputy Involved Shooting (Paulding County, GA)

 

On October 5, 2017 at approximately 3:22 PM Deputies with the Warrants Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office responded to 288 Township Drive Hiram, GA 30141 (Paulding County) to serve an arrest warrant. Initially, Deputies were looking for a female suspect that they had information was staying at the residence. The homeowner confirmed that the female, who has been identified as Lelia Sierra Duncan (W/F, 27 YOA) (Wanted for Trafficking Methamphetamine (F), Probation Violation (F), and Obstruction (M)) had been at the residence within the past couple of days.

 

While at the residence, they also confirmed that one of the residents at the home, Brandon Lee Bohanan (W/M, 35 YOA), had two different warrants for Probation Violation. Bohanan had a Probation Violation warrant (Original Charge: Criminal Trespass) out of Paulding County and a Probation Violation warrant (Original Charge: Theft by Deception and Forgery) out of Gwinnett County.

 

When Deputies arrived on scene the door to the home was open and they announced their presence and made contact with the homeowner inside the home. Deputies went inside the residence looking for Duncan and Bohanan.

 

Eventually, Deputies made their way downstairs to the basement where Bohanan was known to stay.

 

When they got to the room in the basement, they encountered a heavily fortified locked door which they knew from previous experience could only be locked from the inside. Deputies announced their presence and identified themselves for a significant amount of time prior to attempting to make entry into the room.

 

Deputies then got a “ram” and began trying to get the door open in order to get into the room. After many attempts, the Deputies still could not breach the door. Finally, Deputies got a more substantial “ram” and were able to get the door open.

 

At approximately 4:34 PM Deputies made entry into the dark room where they encountered Bohanan and a female subject, later identifed as Emelia Alys Blehm (W/F, 36 YOA). Deputies gave commands for the pair to show their hands and to get on the ground. Blehm immediately complied with Deputies commands and Bohanan came toward Deputies in an aggressive manner and would not show them his hands. Deputy David Martin, of the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division, ultimately fired one round striking Bohanan and fatally wounding him.

 

Deputies immediately rendered aid to Bohanan, but they were unable to save him. Bohanan’s body was later turned over to the Paulding County Coroner who took him to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

 

After checking dispatch records, Deputies have responded to 288 Township Drive Hiram, GA 30141 approximately 100 times for various types of calls for service since 2004.

 

Duncan was not located at the residence and is still at large. Jacob Lee James Barkwell (W/M, 32 YOA), who was also at the residence during the incident, was arrested on unrelated charges.

 

Deputy David Martin has been in law enforcement for nearly ten years and has been with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office since February 24, 2014. Deputy Martin will be on routine paid administrative leave while the GBI conducts their investigation into this incident.

 

During the course of this incident, multiple individuals were inside the residence, two of which were arrested by Deputies for various offenses: -Emelia Alys Blehm Obstruction (M) -Jacob Lee James Barkwell Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (F) Giving False Name and DOB (M)

 

Any inquiries regarding the investigation into this incident will need to be made through the GBI Public Affairs Office in Atlanta.

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Yeah, that didn't help. I wasn't talking about the reporting in your posts or the others. There are things that aren't making sense because folks ain't telling the whole truth, just their favorite parts of it.

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Certainly hope they check to see if this deputy (or the whole gang of them) have had any complaints filed on them in the past.

 

Not taking up for the criminal at all (I don't know him at all), but sometimes these deputies look as though they are scared of their shadows.

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This has been an interesting situation to watch. I'm guessing the news media has posted 10 story's covering the family calling this a murder of a nice man to every 1 story about the DA bringing the case to the Grand Jury and the Sheriff Dept Press Release.

 

The local jail website is an interesting place to visit. 4 people with the same last name as the decedent and listed as living at the same address have been booked in to the local jail 50 times. The other 2 people arrested at the scene and the 1 lady they did not find have been booked into the local jail 17 times. News reports say 911 has had 100 calls at this address. My guess is the local authority's had a good idea what to prepare for. I don't know if this history will be presented to the Grand Jury.

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