FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A standoff at a north Georgia home ended with a baby shot and the child's father dead.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the situation unfolded in a subdivision at Allison Road and Carleen Court, near Bluff Heights Drive in Cumming.
The spokesman for the sheriff's office, Deputy First Class Doug Rainwater, told 11Alive a woman who had been inside the home managed to escape and call police from across the street. During the call, she told authorities that her husband was inside the home with a handgun and their 11-month-old daughter.
When authorities got there, officials said the man was initially cooperative and communicating with deputies, but then Rainwater said "he quit talking."
Around 6:30, after three hours of negotiations with the man, Rainwater said they tried to get a phone inside the house to speak further with the man. That's when they heard the baby crying and made their way inside the home. They found the man dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound and the baby with severe injuries from an apparent gunshot wound.
Rainwater said medical staff on scene tended to the child as much as they could before rushing her to a local hospital in an ambulance. The child was listed in critical condition on Tuesday, according to authorities.
Prakash Barot lives close to the family's home and said the news has left the whole neighborhood shaken.
"I am very shocked," he said. "It is a very friendly, family-oriented neighborhood. But (it's) scary as well."
Barot said he would drive by and see the man working on his cars sometimes, but never suspected that anything was wrong.
"You never hear any wrong things about him, and the next thing you know, he's, you know...taking his life. That's a bit scary," he said.
Officials said they're still investigating the incident. The family's name will not be released until next-of-kin is notified.
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