‘I do not have my son’: father says he does not believe the son had a gun when police shot and killed him – WSB-TV Channel 2

Atlanta police shoot the murder suspect to death while serving a sentence City of South Fulton Police said Atlanta Police asked for their help in executing a 7100 block order of Hania drive.

CITY OF SOUTH FULTON – Police shot and killed a man while trying to serve a court order. It happened Friday afternoon in the town of South Fulton.

Investigators say Chase McDermott was a gang member.

Channel 2s Tom Jones spoke with McDermott’s father, Harold McDermott, who said he still can not believe his son is gone.

He also said he could not believe his son was armed and aimed a weapon at the officers. But police say Chase McDermott was armed and that was when officers opened fire.

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“I’m shocked I do not have my son,” Harrold McDermott said.

He told Jones he was trying to hold it together after Atlanta police shot and killed his 22-year-old son inside their home.

He said he was sitting on his deck right after on Hania Drive when several officers surrounded his home around 6 p.m.

They asked for his son. He said he was trying to go in and see if he was there.

“They waved me back, and when I turned around, I heard two shots and they killed my son,” Harold McDermott said.


Police say their refugee unit was looking for the younger McDermott and that they were at home to execute an arrest warrant.

“He was wanted for a gang-related homicide,” said Atlanta Deputy Chief of Police Charles Hampton.

Officers said they had sight of Chase McDermott and entered the home.

“As they entered the residence, they encountered the armed refugee,” Hampton said.

Hampton said an officer opened fire. He did not say what provoked the shooting.

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“I can not even really see him pointing a gun at the police, to be honest with you,” Harold McDermott said.

Harold McDermott said his son recently indulged in other charges he faced and would have done the same Friday if detectives asked him to.

“They scared me, they scared him, and they shot him,” Harold McDermott said.

The father said this is taking a heavy toll on his family.

“I’m traumatized is what I am,” Harold McDermott said.

The elder McDermott said his family took his son’s gun from him after he was recently arrested and was told he is not allowed to have a gun, so he does not think his son had a gun.

Police were emphatically convinced that Chase McDermott was armed.


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