Hostage situation involving children ends in suspect’s death

CORDELE — A hostage situation involving two children ended with the shooting death of a 38-year-old Georgia man.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, preliminary investigation indicates that at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Cordele Police officers were dispatched to a home on East Oak Street in reference to a disturbance involving three to four adults and two children.

While investigating the incident, officers encountered 38-year-old LeJune Benjamin Cobb with a handgun.

According to the GBI, Cobb and the officers exchanged gunfire inside the residence. The officers were able to safely back out of the house. The three adults escaped, while Cobb and the children remained in the residence.

The Cordele Police Department asked the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the hostage situation involving Cobb and the children.

The Tri-County Special Response Team responded and began negotiating with Cobb attempting to safely remove the children from the residence. The children were eventually released safely and negotiations continued.

The negotiators had family and friends communicate with Cobb in further attempts to get Cobb to surrender. During the negotiations, the GBI says at least one more exchange of gunfire was initiated by Cobb with officers. After multiple hours of negotiations, the Special Response Team entered into the residence and discovered Cobb had a single gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he died.

An autopsy on Cobb will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.

No officers were injured in this incident.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be turned over to the Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

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