A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening after they said he threatened to kill his mother.
Deputies were called to the home on Laurel Crest Drive inside the Eagle Watch subdivision in response to an armed person.
A woman called 911 and told dispatchers her son, Andrew Messina, was armed with a .357 Magnum revolver and had threatened to shoot her, according to deputies.
Once deputies arrived, the mother was safely removed from the house, however, Messina remained barricaded inside the home.
Hostage negotiators and the SWAT team were called to the home.
Negotiators, who had worked their way very close to the front door, witnessed Messina pouring alcohol on the curtains inside the home and heard him threaten to burn the home, deputies said.
Deputies said after an hour of negotiations, Messina either fired his weapon through the glass in the front door or broke the glass with his firearm.
A sniper, who was in a position across the street, fired one round from his rifle in an attempt to protect the negotiators who were within a few feet of the front door.
Messina was shot in the abdomen and taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The GBI is currently investigating the shooting. The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay.
The Cherokee County School District released this statement:
"The Cherokee County School District is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its students. A 16-year-old Etowah High School sophomore died during domestic disturbance at his home on May 1, 2012. Additional counselors are on the Etowah HS campus today to assist students in need."
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