Seven people arrested for domestic terrorism in metro Atlanta on Wednesday

Atlanta police on high alert because of ‘call to violence’
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 9:26 AM EST
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ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Seven people were arrested and charged with domestic terrorism on Wednesday, the same day that a Georgia State Patrol trooper was shot and killed the alleged shooter was killed near the future site of a police training facility for the Atlanta Police Department.

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According to records from DeKalb County Jail, 20-year-old Geoffrey Parsons of Atlanta, 29-year-old Spencer Bernard Liberto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 25-year-old Timothy Murphy of Maine, 31-year-old Christopher Reynolds of Atlanta, 30-year-old Matthew Macar of Pittsburgh, 35-year-old Sarah Wasilewski of Pittsburgh, and 31-year-old Teresa Yue Shen of Brooklyn, New York, were arrested.

Geoffrey Parsons, Christopher Reynolds, Matthew Macar, Sarah Wasilewski, Spencer Liberto,...
Geoffrey Parsons, Christopher Reynolds, Matthew Macar, Sarah Wasilewski, Spencer Liberto, Teresa Yue Shen and Timothy Murphy.(DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Parsons, Liberto, Macar and Wasilewski are also facing a charge of aggravated assault on a public safety officer.

Reynolds is also facing a charge of aggravated assault on an officer of the court.

Shen is also facing a charge of criminal trespass but not facing an aggravated assault charge.

It has not been confirmed that these charges are directly related to the incident near the police training facility on Wednesday. However, five people were arrested in December on similar charges after a raid on the planned location.

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The future location of the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center has been the site of public scrutiny; critics claim the southwest Atlanta location will lead to increased police brutality in the Black communities surrounding the Weelaunee Forest and bring environmental destruction to ancestral lands.