East Cobb man arrested after three-hour stand off with deputies
by Lindsay Field
January 14, 2013 12:44 PM | 13108 views | 12 12 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MARIETTA - When deputies and investigators with the Cobb County Sheriff's Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant at a home off Guilford Circle in Marietta early Monday morning, they were greeted by a man who fired shots at officers.

According to a release from the local sheriff's office, Michael Lightsey fired a rifle "several" times at officers when they were trying to arrest him on a felony terroristic threats warrant around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Deputies returned fired and the county's Tactical Operations Unit (TAC) were called to the scene to try and arrest Lightsey.

"The negotiator was able to establish contact with Lightsey via cell phone," the release states. "As a result of their conversation, Lightsey agreed to exit the residence through the front door and was taken into custody without incident (by 4:30 a.m.). A subsequent security sweep on the residence revealed Lightsey was alone in the home during the entire incident."

Lightsey is being held at the Cobb County Jail without bond on the original warrant for terroristic threats, as well as a second warrant for felony terroristic threats and four counts of felony aggravated assault stemming from the incidents occurring at his residence during the arrest.

Please check the Journal later today for updates.

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I know him
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January 15, 2013
ya boy mike lightsey has always been cray.

but i never saw him doing this.
Friend/Associate
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January 15, 2013
I agree with (A Friend)

I have known this man for 10 years and was contacted by an Associate because they felt I should not find out about this in another way.

This is a man that I have tremendous respect for and if you knew him you would say the same.

I will pray for him and his family on a daily basis.

Those of you that turn this into something that it is not should be ashamed and I will pray for you as well. Because you never know what kind of situation you will find yourself in...

Be kind!
A friend
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January 15, 2013
I am only commenting because of my connection to the people involved. I want to state that this is not some thug or average criminal but a man who was in a very trying situation., He had a good job and a nice home. Many friends and a loving daughter who he may never see again. He was in a bad place and responded in a bad way. Before you judge without details or just assume this is another matter for gun control maybe you should know more about who were involved.

This is a terrible situation and at the heart of it is a beautiful little girl who he loved above all else. Friends, neighbors and co-workers who cannot imagine what his wife, daughter and he is going through. The fact someone was able to be pushed to a point where they have this kind of reaction is sad, it is sadder when it is a good, normal person.

Right now people should be praying for a member of their community, and a family who just lost a father. If he had intended to harm someone other than himself he would not have fired randomly. This is not some serial killer or drug dealer. Just a truly distraught person who broke. This is sad, devastating and impossible to imagine,. if you had known him you would feel the same.
georgia_greg
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January 15, 2013
It really doesn't matter if your friend was in a bad place. Once he threatens the life of his family regardless of how bad he has the option to leave. Once he starts shootung at anyone, especially police officers thereby endangerining the public he deserves to be out away for a very long time! He is obviously unstable and a threat to society, I cant believe you are defending him and his actions! You are part of them problem not the solution!

Seattle_Sam
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January 16, 2013
@georgia_greg

Seriously? It doesn't seem like anyone is "defending his actions", everyone knows his actions were indeed erroneous.

You have to realize though, that this man apparently had a fully functional life just 2 days before. He had a job that he went to everyday, he had a wife, kid, house, loans...a relate-able, normal guy. You have to understand that he is "obviously unstable" only now, after this and that a certain string of events pushed him to this outcome.

I argue that it indeed DOES matter that he was in a "bad place", because we ALL (let's be honest) are capable of doing this, the vast majority of us (fortunately) are never/will never be put into a situation where this could be a possible outcome. I just hope he finds the help he needs.

Let me get to the point, I say people who are quick to judge without full information (that's what a judge and jury are for) and who have no empathetic capacity (as you have shown) are closer to being the "real" problem.

ALSO @Bareback-

Again- Seriously? You're going to use a comments section of a local newspaper as an outlet for your paranoia? You sound like you need to get some fresh air, relax, maybe find a hobby that really fulfills you and makes you happy. It's not worth it being angry and scared all the time.
Seattle_Sam
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January 16, 2013
@georgia_greg

Seriously? It doesn't seem like anyone is "defending his actions", everyone knows his actions were indeed erroneous.

You have to realize though, that this man apparently had a fully functional life just 2 days before. He had a job that he went to everyday, he had a wife, kid, house, loans...a relate-able, normal guy. You have to understand that he is "obviously unstable" only now, after this and that a certain string of events pushed him to this outcome.

I argue that it indeed DOES matter that he was in a "bad place", because we ALL (let's be honest) are capable of doing this, the vast majority of us (fortunately) are never/will never be put into a situation where this could be a possible outcome. I just hope he finds the help he needs.

Let me get to the point, I say people who are quick to judge without full information (that's what a judge and jury are for) and who have no empathetic capacity (as you have shown) are closer to being the "real" problem.

ALSO @Bareback-

Again- Seriously? You're going to use a comments section of a local newspaper as an outlet for your paranoia? You sound like you need to get some fresh air, relax, maybe find a hobby that really fulfills you and makes you happy. It's not worth it being angry and scared all the time.
Citizen098765
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January 14, 2013
Thanks for all you do! Please thank law enforcement for all they do. They save lives everyday. Because these Deputies put their selfs in danger and arrested this man he is not left on the streets to follow up on his threats like John Kristofak and all of the other sick people out there. We owe you. Thank you for your bravery and thank your family for dealing with the hardships of your job.
gus897
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September 12, 2013
I saw he got out in August. what is happening with trial now?
No background Check
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January 14, 2013
When he gets out of jail he will be able to go to a gun show and buy guns with absolutly no background check. What a country!
Bareback
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January 15, 2013
Don't worry, by the time he sees daylight again Obama will have made himself Dictator for Life and all firearms will be in a warehouse locked safely away from all those silly people who actually believe in the Constitution. Then we can lock arms, uh limbs, with all those other lucky people in North Korea, Cuba, Iran, etc who depend on the good will and vastly superior moral judgment of their government to protect them. what about the alcohol that fueled the confrontation to begin with? Let's outlaw that also. Oh, thats right, been there done that, moved on.

to bareback
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January 15, 2013
Actually I live in the real world not the insane one you are in. You are a perfect example of someone likely needing to be on the list.
LackingDetails
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January 15, 2013
When a upstanding member of their community does something like this, it is not a cause for gun control. it is a cause for prayer and thoughts to his family.
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