JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Etowah High School sophomore Andrew Messina was killed by police after he barricaded himself in his Cherokee County, Ga., home during a police standoff. The teen had threatened to kill his mother with a .357 Magnum revolver, according to media reports. She called 911 because she feared for her life, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said.
The deputies were able to remove the woman from the home safely, but the teen barricaded himself inside the home, which is located in the Eagle Watch subdivision. The teen was seen pouring alcohol on the curtains and deputies heard him threaten to burn the home,” Lt. Jay Baker said in a press release. The suspect was killed by a sniper after he either fired through the glass on the front door or used the gun to break the glass.
Andrew Messina was shot once in the abdomen and transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he was pronounced dead, Baker said. Where in the world did this kid get a .357 Magnum? What is happening in our world today? Andrew Messina’s friends set up a Facebook memorial page in his honor. Still doesn’t answer the question of why he threatened to kill his mother and why he had a .357 Magnum revolver in his possession.
UPDATE: The parents of the teen maintain he was suicidal and upset over a bad grade. They believe the police overacted.