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PCSO Confirms Man’s Death After Drug Warrant Execution

Authorities say Daniel John Thomas Hammett was holding pepper spray when drug task force agents shot him during the execution of a warrant Wednesday.

Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force agents involved in a shooting Wednesday that left a local man dead have been placed on routine paid administrative leave until the conclusion of an investigation.

WSB-TV Wednesday night identified the victim as 60-year-old Danny Hammett. The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Thursday afternoon confirmed that Hammett—full name Daniel John Thomas Hammett—had been shot by agents and had succumbed to his injuries about 4:35 p.m. at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

Hammett’s death came less than an hour and a half after HPDTF agents and Paulding deputies executed a narcotics search warrant at 3851 Nebo Road in Hiram. Prior to the warrant’s execution, HPDTF agents had been investigating the occupants of the residence in reference to narcotics sales. According to HPDTF agents, there had been narcotics purchases as well as several narcotics complaints on the residence.

According to a PCSO news release, when authorities arrived they knocked and announced, “Sheriff’s Office, search warrant” multiple times and then entered the residence.

When agents and deputies entered the residence, they encountered Hammett in the hallway, which was very dark due to the house’s windows being covered and blacked out.

Agents instructed Hammett to show his hands but he initially did not comply. Once Hammett removed his hands from his waistband area, authorities say he raised his hands up in an aggressive manner while holding a black shiny object that was pointed toward agents. That led to agents opening fire on Hammett, fatally striking him once.

It was later determined that Hammett had raised a canister of pepper spray toward agents.

Hammett was immediately given medical care on the scene and was subsequently flown to Grady Hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries.

Once the crime scene investigation had been completed, other HPDTF agents completed a search for narcotics inside the residence. The search revealed that there was evidence that would indicate drug trafficking.

Agents from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Calhoun Regional Office are conducting an investigation into the shooting, and authorities involved in the shooting are on routine paid administrative leave until its conclusion.

The Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force that is overseen by the GBI. The HPDTF is comprised of deputies and officers from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the Haralson County Sheriff’s Office, the Dallas Police Department, the Tallapoosa Police Department and the Bremen Police Department. Each HPDTF agent conducts narcotics investigations in multiple jurisdictions.

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Sonia October 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Very well said Bill,
David October 18, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I am a law abiding citizen and i do not condone what happened. The value of human life should be first and foremost there was no threat and still deadly force was used. The son was that was in the house stated that there were two seconds between the entry and the killing. Are you by chance an officer Bill
Sonia October 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Go Paulding County Sheriffs and Task Force, war on drugs
tracey October 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM
You don't defend the ones that shot him. you pray that God has mercy on their souls. And you pray that the truth comes out. To hear the truth, which only some know is heart wrenching!
John Brown October 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM
(b) Sheriffs and peace officers who are appointed or employed in conformity with Chapter 8 of Title 35 may use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon only when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect possesses a deadly weapon or any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect poses an immediate threat of physical violence to the officer or others; or when there is probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm. Nothing in this Code section shall be construed so as to restrict such sheriffs or peace officers from the use of such reasonable nondeadly force as may be necessary to apprehend and arrest a suspected felon or misdemeanant. This means that if an object is perceived as a deadly weapon then the appropriate force may be used to compel the individual to comply. Dark house, he refused to drop a shiny black object being pointed at the officer. If someone did this to you, you all would report a man with a gun pointed at you
Jody Superfly Parker October 19, 2012 at 12:15 AM
the drug war kills more people than drugs !
John Brown October 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Read the use of deadly force laws before commenting. 16-3-21, 17-4-20
Sonia October 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Jody Amen to that
Sonia October 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM
John Brown thank you for posting that. You are so right
Jon Gargis (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
David, neither Paulding County nor its employees or elected officials own or control Dallas-Hiram Patch, nor do they edit any of our content.
E. Yeager October 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM
I'm just sad for his poor son who saw it happen. No one needs to see his father shot and watch him die.
Deanna Hunter October 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Tracey it makes no sense that he would even have pepper spray or use it when you already having breathing troubles / disease. Pepper spray inhibits your ability to breath you have respritory irritation. Take it from me my husband has copd and is on oxygen 24/7. Had mr. Hammett used the pepper spray depending on the severity of his condition the pepper spray could have taken him out as easily as the bullett that hit him..... als we have drug issues in our family and trust me im not sayin that Mr Hammett was a dealer I didnt know him but there are plenty of 60 and 70 yr old grandparents in this county and several other counties that sell marijuana, prscription medications like pain pills xanax everything under the sun it is sad that this family lost a father and grandfather but.... had he followed commands and showed his hands and gotten down on the ground as im sure he was ordered to do and if drugs hadnt been being sold out of this home to began with this situation would have never happened and he would still be alive. Heck it could have been an inhaler in his hand my husband walks around with an inhaler in his hand constantly.... all im saying is if people would just do right and abide by the law and their commands these situations would not happen... we dont need a Kathleen Johnston case like APD had. Servalliance is the key
MelissaANDCherie October 20, 2012 at 07:58 PM
When is it against the law to protect yourself in your own home?Does anyone know how long they gave him to drop the supossed weapon? And lets be real here guys,if a TASK FORCE entered your home,kicking your door in,and yelling SHOW YOUR HANDS! wouldnt you raise them 'agressivly' to respond to the command? true,it may have been pepper spray,but it could have been an enhailer,but keeping in mind that it was NOT a gun,and officers in the academy have been trained by being sprayed with stronger pepper spray than this man could have ever posessed, that would not have been any huge threat to them. And again,they did not recover any drugs in the home,and all persons that were arrested from the home were released with no drug charges. facts are facts and I have no reason to be buyist but end result? Someones lost there life and a family is in mouning and it has not been fully justified. Sorry for your losses,Hammet Family I am closer to this issue than you will ever know. Prayers to you guys
william kirkham October 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM
MelissaANDCherie, I quote, According to a PCSO news release, when authorities arrived they knocked and announced, “Sheriff’s Office, search warrant” multiple times and then entered the residence. There was evidence of drug trafficking. When an officer enters your home with a search warrant there not coming for dinner...Put your hands up and say im not armed, or yes sir, or something, dont come down the hall and act ignorant or your dead. i know more about his case than most of you will even guess....THE OFFICERS WERE JUSTIFIED....Im NOT saying the situation was right, but according to the statutes of the law of Georgia it was correct procedure. IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH IT CONSULT YOUR CONGRESSMEN.
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 02:17 AM
i sat here and listened to you bash my dad enough, none of you were there and since you want to be so quick to stick up for the sheriff's office/ narcotics team why dont you call them and see if they will tell you the truth because the sure the hell wont tell us. and they have already changed their stories several times the GBI has the investigation now and they will let it be known, the facts are the facts, they served a drug warrant did not find and drugs or weapons in the house, a man was murdered for what? my dad worked with me and he just walked in his house from a day of work. so get your facts together before you go sticking up for the sheriff/police THEY WERE WRONG FOR KILLING AN UNARMED MAN NO 2 WAYS ABOUT IT AND THEY KNOW IT. A TEAM THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE TRAINED TO DO THIS KIND OF JOB FAILED!!!!!!!!!!!! AND AS FAR AS IT GOES FOR THEIR SNITCHES THEY DID A POOR JOB, IF THEIR INFO WAS ACCURATE THEY WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE WOULD THEY NEED TO USE DEADLY FORCE, HE IS 60YRS OLD 160LBS. WALKS WITH A LIMP, SOMETIMES WITH A CAIN. HE IS ON OXYGEN AND HAS A HARD TIME WALKING WITH OR STANDING FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME AND THEY FELT HIM AS A THREAT COME ON... 10 OFFICERS COULDN'T HANDLE HIM?????????????? AND WHAT ABOUT THEIR TAZER OR THEIR PEPPER SPRAY? ILL TELL YOU THEY WERE TRIGGER HAPPY AND MADE A HUGE MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 02:25 AM
THATS MY DAD AND HE IS NO MAGGET! FIRST OF ALL, AND AS THE INVESTIGATION GOES ON YOU WILL FIND OUT THE FACTS THERE WERE 2 EYE WITLESSNESS IN THE HOUSE... SO IN THE END THE COPS WILL BE PROVEN WRONG AND WILL DO TIME.... THEY NEVER KNOCKED ON THE DOOR THEY DIDNT ANNOUNCE SHERIFF TILL THEY WERE IN THE HOUSE. WHERE ARE THE DRUGS AT? THAT THESE TRAINED OFFICERS ARE LOOKING FOR? AND SINCE THEY ARE TRAINED SO WELL SINCE WHEN DID A CAN OF PEPPER SPRAY LOOK LIKE A GUN, A RED CAN AT THAT... I JUST WISH YOU ALL WOULD SHUT UP UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 03:02 AM
JUST LIKE KATHERN JOHNSTON 92 YEARS OLD SHOT AND KILLED BY POLICE. BUT THEY WERE NOT WRONG EITHER HUH? MY DAD WAS UNARMED NO REASON TO KILL AN UNARMED MAN GBI HAS ALREADY REPORTED THEY DID NOT FIND ANY WEAPON OH I GUESS THE POLICE HID THE WEAPON MY DAD HAD.
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 03:04 AM
THANKS DAVID ?????
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
THE HPDTF DIDNT DO THE SEARCH THE GBI TOOK OVER AS SOON AS THEY SHOT AND KILLED AN UNARMED MAN. IM NOT DISPUTING IF THEY HAD THE RIGHT TO GO IN THE HOME OR NOT BUT IF THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SO TRIGGER HAPPY AND LIKE EVERYONE ELSE ON HERE DONE THEIR RESEARCH THEY WOULD HAVE KNOWN AND TELL ME WHICH OFFICER YOU HAVE EVER SEEN THAT DONT CARRY A FLASH LIGHT. THE OFFICERS ARE WRONG ON THIS ONE...
Amy m October 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
You tell it cuz my uncle done nothing wrong.And for all those people bashing my uncle u need to stop putting my cousin's threw the ringer. Justice will be done
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
ALREADY HAVE...
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 03:25 AM
THANK YOU
JUSTIN HAMMETT October 22, 2012 at 03:28 AM
40.CAL STUPID. NOT JUSTIFIED YOU WOULD HAVE HAD TO KNOWN HIM HE WAS NO THREAT TO A FLY. AND WHERES THE DRUGS I KEEP HEARING ABOUT?
MelissaANDCherie October 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Well there is no sence in using my valuable time going back and forth with small minded people who are "law abiding citizens" and believe everything they hear from someone with a badge. And I'm sure if this was someone close to you William and you knew them and may have even been there when a situation happened,you would want the truth out there. Keep in mind the line of work he was in... Trust and believe me, anyone comes to my door with out calling first will be met on the porch with more than alleged pepper spray. If it was police at my door with a search warrant would raise my hands "aggressively" Prayers for the small minded And to the family
bo October 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM
lol sonia u have no clue what you are talking about, a little offended are ya? rightfully so, u and all cops should be, i feel sorry for people like u, because instead of compassion u have hate, hate will eat u alive, that was my uncle and had ya had the chance to meet him u would distance yourself from the people that executed him instead of jumping on their side, they targeted him but i have no reason or want to try to plead my case to u, god sees and knows everthing, judge and be judged, i have no hate in my heart for u, but i do pray for u, my uncle is dead he died by the same people that took an oath to protect and serve him, believe what u will, stand behind ya badge, ill stand behind my beliefs, my uncle, and my family, and ya magget comment, well u know, have a good night, may god bless u
Brenda Hammett November 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
well where are they NO ARRESTS no assuming there.....
Brenda Hammett November 17, 2012 at 04:48 PM
make that a 40 calber......
Brenda Hammett November 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
yeah not on an innocent man SONIA
scotty November 27, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Sad all the way around. Prayers for everyone involved.
Jon Gargis (Editor) December 01, 2012 at 04:55 AM
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