2 men face multiple felony charges after police find corpse in north Fayetteville house

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UPDATED 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2022 — Large unanswered questions remain after police released some details about the massive half-day police seige of a north Fayetteville house July 19.

Police never fired a shot, but one man was later found inside dead of a bullet wound to his head.

In addition, there have been two felony arrests in connection with the Tuesday incident on Selwyn Court in the Woodbyne subdivision in Fayetteville. When police entered the house several hours later, they found a man was found dead in an upstairs bathroom due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The dead man was identified as 18-year-old Amonte T. Ammons, said Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Chad Myers.

During the search of the house at 220 Selwyn Court off White Road near Ga. Highway 314, Ammons was located unresponsive with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officers cleared the remainder of the home and confirmed that Mr. Ammons was deceased, said Myers.

The dead man’s connection with the two men arrested at that same location has not been revealed.

Myers added that the investigation into the incident is still active and further information will be released when available.

Both men arrested are being held at the Fayette County Jail, he said.

Augustus C. Romain, 36, of that address, was charged with aggravated sodomy, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, two counts of false imprisonment — party to a crime, two counts of kidnapping — party to a crime, two counts of aggravated assault – party to a crime and two counts of criminal street gang activity, Myers said.

Xavier H. Rushin, 21, also of the same address, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal street gang activity and obstruction, Myers said.

Nine occupants voluntarily left the residence when police by loudspeaker instructed everyone to evacuate. Officers at that time were told there was still one person inside.

Myers said it was determined that one occupant remained inside the residence after all others had exited. There were multiple attempts by law enforcement personnel to establish communication with the individual who remained inside the home which were unsuccessful. With assistance from the Clayton County EOD Robot team, entry was made inside the home using the robot to search for occupants.

It was after the entry by police that Ammons was found unresponsive in an upstairs bathroom.

The incident began when Fayette County 911 received a “trouble unknown” call around 7:48 a.m. Tuesday morning from a person whispering that he had been kidnapped by an organization and was being held in the garage of a residence, police previously reported.

The caller was unable to provide a location, but dispatchers were able to trace the call and provide police with an approximate location. Once on the scene, police observed a person waving a hand from a garage window, police said.

Police said officers observed a person walking a dog outside the residence, and when they approached the subject, the subject attempted to flee. The subject was taken into custody moments later and placed under arrest.

Police Chief Scott Gray said there were no shots fired by police during the incident.

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UPDATED 4:25 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2022 — Fayetteville Police are investigating a shooting death that took place this afternoon inside a residence in the Woodbyne neighborhood off White Road. The discovery of the deceased person followed an hours-long investigation of what was considered at the time to be a potential crime scene.

The incident began when Fayette County 911 received a “trouble unknown” call around 7:48 this morning from a person whispering that they had been kidnapped by an organization and was being held in the garage of a residence. The caller was unable to provide a location, but dispatchers were able to trace the call and provide police with an approximate location. Once on the scene, police observed a person waving their hand from a garage window.

Police also observed a person walking a dog outside the residence, and when they approached the subject, the subject attempted to flee. The subject was taken into custody moments later and placed under arrest.

Nine occupants voluntarily left the residence when police by loudspeaker instructed everyone to evacuate. Officers at that time were told there was still one person inside.

Assisted by Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies and the Clayton County Police EOD Robotics Unit, a robot was dispatched into the residence to search for occupants. Police then discovered that the sole occupant was deceased as the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police continue to investigate the incident, but traffic has been allowed to resume in the area.

Fayetteville Police and the City of Fayetteville would like to thank the Peachtree City Police Department for handling all other police calls in Fayetteville while Fayetteville officers responded to this situation. We also thank the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Clayton County Police Department for their valuable assistance.

When more is more information about the incident is made available, it will be shared with the media and published onwww.Fayetteville-GA.gov and the City’s social media channels.

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UPDATED 3:45 p.m. — Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Gray said the deceased person found in an upstairs bathroom in the Woodbyne subdivision was a male, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His name was not released at this time.
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UPDATED 1:40 p.m. — Police Chief Scott Gray said entry was made into the home in the Woodbyne subdivision, with police finding a deceased person in an upstairs bathroom.

No other information is available at this time.

Noting that no shots were fired by police, Gray said the other occupants of the home are currently being questioned by investigators.

Gray said entry into the home was made by the Fayetteville Tactical Response Team, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Tactical Response Team and a Clayton County robotic unit.

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UPDATED 1:30 p.m. — Fayetteville police on Tuesday morning arrived at the Woodbyne subdivision off White Road on the city’s north side after receiving a 911 call from a man saying he had been kidnapped and was being held against his will. As of early afternoon, no shots have been fired and there are no reported injuries.

Some of those inside the home have been removed, with police trying to determine if anyone else is in the house.

Fayetteville police on Tuesday morning advised residents of the Woodbyne subdivision in north Fayetteville to stay in their homes due to an active incident in progress.

Police have one person in custody and several others are being questioned about the incident. Police have been informed there is still one person inside the residence who has not responded to loudspeaker instructions to vacate the home. Police continue to work the scene, according to the police department.

Police Chief Scott Gray said police are attempting to speak with a subject that may or may not be in the home.

Some of those in the house have been removed, though others might still be in the house, said Gray.

As of early afternoon, Gray said equipment is being sent into the home to make that determination.

The incident began when Fayette County 911 received a “trouble unknown” call around 7:48 a.m. from a person whispering that they had been kidnapped by an organization and was being held in the garage of a residence, police said.

Police said the caller was unable to provide a location, but dispatchers were able to trace the call and provide police with an approximate location. Once on the scene, police observed a person waving their hand from a garage window.

Police also observed a person walking a dog outside the residence, and when they approached the subject, the subject attempted to flee. The subject was taken into custody moments later and placed under arrest, reports said.

There have been no shots fired, nor have any injuries been reported at this time, police said.

Woodbyne is located off White Road, a short distance from Ga. Highway 314 on the city’s north side.

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UPDATED 1 p.m. — Police have one person in custody and several others are being questioned about the incident. Police have been informed there is still one person inside the residence who has not responded to loudspeaker instructions to vacate the home. Police continue to work the scene.

The incident began when Fayette County 911 received a “trouble unknown” call around 7:48 this morning from a person whispering that they had been kidnapped by an organization and was being held in the garage of a residence. The caller was unable to provide a location, but dispatchers were able to trace the call and provide police with an approximate location. Once on the scene, police observed a person waving their hand from a garage window.

Police also observed a person walking a dog outside the residence, and when they approached the subject, the subject attempted to flee. The subject was taken into custody moments later and placed under arrest.

There have been no shots fired, nor have any injuries been reported at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

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Earlier today — Fayetteville police on Tuesday morning arrived at the Woodbyne subdivision off White Road after receiving a 911 call from a man saying had been kidnapped and was being held against his will.

Some of those inside the home have been removed, with police trying to determine if anyone else is in the house.

Fayetteville police on Tuesday morning advised residents of the Woodbyne subdivision in north Fayetteville to stay in their homes due to an active incident in progress.

Woodbyne is located off White Road, a short distance from Ga. Highway 314 on the city’s north side.

Police on the department’s Facebook page said there is an active situation in the area, and that several responders were on the scene.

Police requested that all area residents of Woodbyne shelter in place, police said Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Scott Gray confirmed that a caller Tuesday morning reported that he had been kidnapped and was being held against his will.

Gray said police are attempting to speak with a subject that may or may not be in the home.

Some of those in the house have been removed, though others might still be in the house, said Gray.

As of early afternoon, Gray said equipment is being sent into the home to make that determination.

Earlier, Fayetteville police on Tuesday morning advised residents of the Woodbyne subdivision in north Fayetteville to stay in their homes due to an incident in progress.

Woodbyne is located off White Road, a short distance from Ga. Highway 314 on the city’s north side.

Police on the department’s Facebook page said there is an active situation in the area, and that several responders are on the scene.

The police department is requesting that all area residents of Woodbyne shelter in place, police said Tuesday morning.

Anyone noticing suspicious activity in the area is asked to call 911 to report it.

The advisory emphasized citizens should not attempt to approach responders in the area.

Additional updates are expected.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is crazy. I remember a video from this guy years ago before he went off the complete deep end and formed this cult. I’m curious on whether or not the deceased is the person who made the 911 call.

  2. WEIRD case. Sad to see stuff like this happening in Fayette County. There won’t be any safe place to live if we don’t change course as a nation and get rid of all those who are in government who are weak on crime. Crime is outrageous these days and it is everywhere, not just the big cities.