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Cops: Man shoots at officers with bow, arrows after attacking wife with hatchet

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A Gwinnett County man allegedly shot at officers with bow and arrows after they responded to his home regarding a domestic violence call Wednesday night.

The 28-year-old man was later arrested after a SWAT stand-off and charged with four counts of aggravated assault, according to Gwinnet County police.

Investigators said Mr. Thomas Burt’s wife called around 9:30 p.m. to report that her husband had attacked her with a hatchet and was threatening to shoot her with a bow and arrow.

Responding officers attempted to contact Mr. Burt by phone, but he refused to leave his house at 3900 Laurel Tree Court near Snellville. Instead he allegedly threatened the officers, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Shortly after midnight, Mr. Burt allegedly fired an arrow at officers from his front door, Cpl. Smith said.

“One officer’s face was grazed by the arrow; he was not seriously injured,” he said. The SWAT team was called in.

At 12:17 a.m. Thursday, Mr. Burt allegedly fired a second arrow at officers, striking a patrol car, Cpl. Smith said.

A negotiator was finally able to convince Mr. Burt to surrender peacefully around 12:50 a.m. and he was promptly taken into custody.

He remained in the Gwinnett County Detention Center Thursday without bond.

“A compound bow was recovered inside the home,” Cpl. Smith said. “The arrow, which grazed the officer, was found sticking in a neighbor’s garage door, approximately 40 yards from where it was fired.”

Mrs. Burt’s wife was treated by EMS personnel for an injury to her hand, police said. The officer who was grazed by the arrow was evaluated at the scene, but did not require further medical treatment.

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