2 arrested after SWAT incident at Cobb County apartment complex

SWAT teams were able to resolve the situation peacefully after a few hours.
Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 5:09 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2023 at 6:43 PM EDT
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MARIETTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - A SWAT situation ended in Cobb County after multiple shots were fired inside an apartment complex that stemmed from four different incidents Sunday night into Monday morning, according to Marietta police.

Police responded to a shots fired call shortly before around 11:50 p.m. on Sunday at The Franklin at East Cobb apartments on Franklin Gateway Southeast in Marietta. When they arrived, officers focused on one unit where there were five people inside.

SWAT teams were able to resolve the situation peacefully after a few hours.

“When you see us practicing, it is to make sure that something like this can go exactly like it did tonight, that it’s a nonissue, that we show up, deescalate the situation and we are able to get everyone out peacefully. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,” said Officer Chuck McPhilamy with the Marietta Police Department.

Police said a hit-and-run accident that happened Sunday night led up to the SWAT incident. The car accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Franklin Gateway.

“The victim stated that another vehicle hit hers, then drove to the apartment complex at 875 Franklin Gateway,” Marietta police said in a statement. “The victim followed the suspect and when they stopped inside the entrance of 875 Franklin Gateway, the suspect exited her vehicle, confronted the victim, and struck her in the face and chest.”

Police said they were called back to the apartment complex three times before the SWAT situation happened. On the second call, police were told someone forced their way into an apartment. The third call involved a domestic dispute that involved gunfire. The incidents that happened after the hit-and-run incident happened at two different apartment units.

Two people were arrested following the incident.

Amari Monique Perkins, 24, was charged with hit and run and simple battery. Roland Cody Lopez, 23, was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal damage, terroristic threats, obstruction and reckless conduct.

Both were taken to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.