This is from Monday’s AJC:

Standoff ends when man kills self
By Ken Sugiura, Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/10/08 A nearly 11-hour standoff at a Douglas County house Monday ended when a man inside fatally shot himself.

It began about 5:30 a.m. at David Spence’s girlfriend’s home south of Douglasville. The U.S. Marshal Service had gone there to serve a Paulding County warrant for aggravated stalking, according to Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller.

Spence shoved his girlfriend out the door and fired shots, Miller said. A hostage team made contact with Spence, who was alone in the house, about 6 a.m. and tried to persuade him to surrender.

Spence, in his late 50s, has a history of violent behavior, including a 1974 murder conviction, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. He served seven years of a life sentence.

The girlfriend, whom the Sheriff’s Office declined to identify, was unharmed, Miller said.

Miller said Spence told negotiators he didn’t want to go back to the jail in Paulding County. Miller arranged for Spence to go to the Douglas County Jail until his trial.

“We offered him every option available to us,” Miller said. “Nothing was good enough for him.”

About 4 p.m., officers using a pole-mounted camera didn’t see Spence inside. When they went around the house looking for him, they heard Spence say he wasn’t going to be taken alive, Miller said.

When they entered the house, Spence was dead of a shot to his chest.

“Tough day,” Miller said.

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