A suspect who shot at police officers as they were serving him with an arrest warrant died by suicide after taking three hostages in an apartment, the Sandy Springs Police Department announced.
“We received a request for assistance from the U.S. Marshals (Service) as they were about to serve an arrest warrant,” said Sgt. Salvador Ortega, a police spokesman. “As they approached the apartment, they were fired upon. The shooter then barricaded himself with three hostages for several hours. A few minutes ago the hostages were released unharmed and he committed suicide.”
The suspect was later identified as Gary Anthony Creek, a fugitive from the Baltimore area wanted on federal charges, Ortega said. According to a Baltimore TV news report, Creek is the founder of the Cruddy Conniving Crutballs (Triple-C) gang in that city and was wanted for more than a dozen murder and other charges.
The incident started June 8 between noon and 1 p.m. at the Arium Morgan Falls North Apartments on Spring Creek Lane. The police posted several messages on its Twitter feed to both warn residents to avoid the area and to update them on the situation. SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were sent to the apartment to deal with the issue.
“The apartment has been cleared,” the police stated in its most recent tweet at 4:02 p.m. “The suspect is deceased (by suicide). Adair Lane will be reopened shortly. The hostages were not injured during this incident. Officers and deputies were not injured during this incident.”
In an emailed statement, the Arium Morgan Falls property management team said it’s thankful no one else was hurt, adding Creek was not an authorized resident of the apartment community.
“The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority and we are extremely grateful to the Sandy Springs Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service for maintaining their safety, and that of everyone within the vicinity,” the team said. “According to the Sandy Springs authorities, no injuries were reported and the situation is contained. We will continue to work with authorities to resolve any outstanding questions regarding the incident.”