GBI probes apparent suicide during standoff with Barrow deputies


Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Rosebud Lane in Winder on the afternoon of Jan. 14 when a woman residing there contacted 911 for help.

The woman reported the man who lived at the residence with her had a gun and had made threats toward her and himself. That man was later identified as Jesse Plunkett, 32, of Winder.

Plunkett refused to surrender to deputies on scene and the incident was treated as a barricaded gunman. S.W.A.T. personnel were dispatched to the scene and a standoff lasted more than 11 hours.

Sheriff’s investigators obtained an arrest warrant for simple assault for Plunkett for the incident.

Negotiation attempts lasted the duration of the standoff, and ultimately were unsuccessful. Sheriff’s investigators then executed a search warrant at the residence hoping to safely secure the firearm and Pllunkett. Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. officials deployed tear gas into the residence in an effort to persuade Plunkett to exit the residence without incident.

He did not exit.

When S.W.A.T. officials made entry and located Plunkett, he was already deceased. He had died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff’s officials did not fire any rounds other than the tear gas.

Given the nature of the case, the Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation GBI to respond to the scene to conduct an independent follow-up investigation. This incident is currently under investigation by the GBI and no other details are available at this time.

More information will be released when it becomes available.