Houston County, Georgia man killed by MPs, GBI investigated

According to the GBI, a member of the Houston County Special Response Team shot and killed a man armed with a knife during a fight after failing to obey verbal orders

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. – The GBI is investigating after Houston County MPs shot dead a man who held his children hostage late Saturday night.

It started when Centerville police responded to an inland dispute on the 300 block of Village Walk, according to a press release from GBI.

When the officers arrived, they spoke to 48-year-old Shawn Evanuk in the driveway. The release states that he has been released from prison for domestic violence and has been ordered to stay away from home.

GBI Special Agent Todd Crosby says Evanuk and his wife had a “domestic situation” outside.

He went in and barricaded himself and his three children, ages 4, 2, and 1.

Crosby says when the police arrived, Evanuk ran into the house the kids were sleeping in (as it was around midnight) and locked all the doors, including the garage door.

The Houston County’s Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) was then called home. Evanuk released the 4 year old and the 1 year old.

His wife wasn’t allowed to chase after him or go inside, but she stayed there, according to Crosby.

The negotiators tried to speak to Evanuk but could not reach him. The SRT was told that Evanuk threatened to injure the 2-year-old and burn the house down.

The emergency services broke into the apartment and spoke to Evanuk, who was allegedly armed with a knife. The release states that they asked him to put the knife down, but he didn’t and a fight between Evanuk and the SRT resulted in his being shot once.

Evanuk was pronounced dead at the scene. He is taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The GBI will conduct its own research and submit the results to the Houston County DA office for review.


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