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Winder Resident Dead after Standoff with SWAT Team

According to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A Winder man is dead following an 11-hour standoff Monday with a SWAT team.

According to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Jesse Plunkett died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Rosebud Lane residence. 

According to a news release posted to the agency's Facebook page, a woman called 911 and said the man she lived with had a gun and had made threats toward her and himself. When the man refused to surrender to deputies who arrived on scene, the incident was treated as a barricaded gunman and SWAT personnel was dispatched. A standoff followed, during which time investigators obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect.

According to the release, negotiation attempts lasted the duration of the standoff and ultimately were unsuccessful. Investigators then executed a search warrant at the residence hoping to safely secure the firearm and the suspect. SWAT officials deployed tear gas into the residence but the subject did not exit. Upon entering the residence, SWAT officials located the man, who was already deceased.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to conduct an independent follow up investigation.

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Jonathan Pollard January 16, 2013 at 01:14 AM
I've lived in our neighborhood longer than Jesse and I watched him moved in. We weren't friends except for occasional chats and kind waves as I drove by, but for years I watched him wash his truck, mow his lawn, and clean his garage. I watched him build his storage shed and bring home his new Snapper mower, and I watched him bring home and polish his motorcycle. This summer I watched him make home improvements and court his lady friend, while walking and talking up and down our street - I hoped he'd start his family. He was doing something constructive every time I saw him, and I admire how much he improved our neighborhood. Jesse is easily one of the finest neighbors I've known. Here's what I observed this morning from my garage, two houses away: At about 3:15AM, I heard a bang I'd associate with a flash-bang or noise grenade. At that time, team members who had been stationed above my house were no longer there, and I heard an ofifcer in the distance chuckling and making comments like, "wakey, wakey." At about 3:30AM, I head another, slightly different bang and saw smoke rising from the rear of his home. I heard no other shots - I was listening. The street was quiet even thought our 'hood seems to amplify noises. Here's my question: if a quick, surprise entry were the plan, why not let him sleep and catch him slumbering? Why use noise grenades and tear gas to wake him? Respectfully submitted by one of Jesse's neighbors.
Dan Nelson January 16, 2013 at 04:53 PM
"a woman called 911 and said the man she lived with had a gun and had made threats toward her and himself." I'm sure the call is on record. Sad the way it ended but this kind of thing ends in only two ways. You come out hands in the air, or you force the officers into doing what they do not want to do.
Paula Shackelford Peppers January 16, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I'd like to hear that call. I've spoken with "that woman" and was told he never threatened her, only himself.
Anita Boldin January 17, 2013 at 05:03 AM
This is very sad. I'll pray for him and his family and his girlfriend too.
Anonymous January 22, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I don't think it is a question of what the police did as much as it is HOW they did it. The officers may have been doing their jobs and "what they did not want to do", but more than one neighbor, friend and relative witnessed the goofing off, inappropriate joking, laughing, shouting "wakey, wakey" as tear gas was shot into this man's house as his family stood outside praying he would come out unharmed. I mean, come on. This is a person's life. He may have made a poor decision, but the unprofessionalism of the police department was completely inappropriate and unnecessary. The result may have been the same, but mocking him during his last hours certainly was not the way it should have been handled, period.
Anonymous January 22, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Jesse was and is a WONDERFUL person. I knew him well and he was a gentle soul who always tried to do the right thing. I don't know what exactly happened that night, but it makes me sad that this is how he is being remembered because he was much, much more than this one unfortunate moment. Thank you for writing this!
Fred W. Smith January 26, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Dan, not if you are mentally ill, depressed, abusing drugs/alchol, and/or mentally and physically beaten. Dan I have a question: Just what purpose did SWAT serve that morning? Dan, I suppose you folks in Barrow county better be careful not to suffer from mental illness, become depressed, or abuse drugs/alcohol or otherwise act in some manner not considered normal in Barrow county. Great job Barrow County Sheriff's Dept. SWAT team. You likely facilitated an innocent man's death. How's that working out for you and your citizens now? Ever consider calling in a trained negotiator/mental health professional? JLG

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