Bomb squads search Marietta home tied to Alpharetta shooting suspect
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Bomb squads from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Cobb County Police, along with members of the Alpharetta and Roswell police departments, search the home of Curtis Hicks on Monday. Hicks was killed by police during a shootout after a traffic stop Friday night.<br>Staff/Laura Moon
Bomb squads from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Cobb County Police, along with members of the Alpharetta and Roswell police departments, search the home of Curtis Hicks on Monday. Hicks was killed by police during a shootout after a traffic stop Friday night.
Staff/Laura Moon
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A Marietta neighborhood off Bells Ferry Road was evacuated for almost four hours Monday while police searched for a suspected bomb.

Officer David Baldwin with Marietta Police said Cobb County’s and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s bomb squads, as well as Alpharetta and Roswell police, were at Curtis Hicks’ home in the Oak Harbor subdivision off Bells Ferry Road searching for a bomb.

Hicks, 52, was involved in a shootout with an Alpharetta police officer in a parking lot and other officers along Georgia 400 on Friday night.

Officer David Freeman and a bystander were shot and taken to the hospital. Both are expected to make full recoveries. Hicks was killed.

Alpharetta Police said their department received information that there may be an explosive device in Hicks’ Marietta home.

“As a precaution, they called in the bomb squads to help clear the house and to make sure everything is safe,” said David Baldwin, spokesman for Marietta Police Department.

Nothing was found at Hicks’ home, and the bomb squad gave their “all clear” just before 4 p.m. Monday.

George Gordon with Alpharetta Police said Monday that his department still isn’t sure what led to Hicks’ shooting spree, but there were some reports of his having financial problems and issues with his homeowners association.

“There is just nothing to indicate why he chose this course action that led to him losing his life,” Gordon said.

As far as what the local department does know about Hicks, Baldwin said he lived at his home alone, and they don’t have any records of him ever having a problem with local authorities.

“In October, he was reported as a missing person by his father, but it was more because they have a very estranged relationship,” Baldwin said. “In March of this year, we took him off of the missing person list once we were able to determine that he wasn’t missing. He just chose not to have any contact with his family.”

The case is still under investigation by Alpharetta Police, but Gordon said that officer Freeman, who was shot in his leg, torso, right arm and twice in his protective vest, has been released from the hospital and is home recuperating.

He didn’t know the condition of the woman who was struck by a stray bullet in Roswell city limits, but her wounds were initially described as non-life threatening.

Freeman pulled Hicks over in the parking lot of a Christian bookstore along Main Street, and as the officer approached Hick’s truck, he began firing shots and hit him five times before driving toward Roswell.

Freeman called for backup, and officers from both Alpharetta and Roswell chased the Marietta man down Georgia 400 into Fulton County.

Hicks began shooting at police vehicles, hitting one unidentified woman in her hip while driving, and striking at least four patrol cars.

Hicks eventually wrecked his car, and when officers approached him, he continued firing his gun. The police returned fire, killing Hicks.
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