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Domestic disturbance with barricaded suspect ends in arrest

September 29th, 2021 – 12:05 PM

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office –

At about 6:15 pm yesterday (September 28)  deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a private residence on Old Dalton Road near Calhoun in response to a 911 report of a domestic disturbance involving a man armed with a knife.

Deputies arrived within 8 minutes and encountered the man, subsequently identified as one Kenneth David Holbrook, age 45 of 237 Old Dalton Road, who fled inside a house barricading himself within.

Witnesses and victims were ushered from the scene and the house was quickly surrounded by deputies. A stand-off ensued during which communications were attempted with Holbrook, but he refused to speak with deputies or to come outside.

Detectives determined that Holbrook had assaulted a number of people with a knife, including a private citizen who’d seen the attacks and tried to intervene, and warrants were issued for his arrest.

At approximately 8 pm, deputies entered the residence and arrested Holbrook. Holbrook was taken by ambulance to the hospital due to having suffered what appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds about his wrists prior to arrest.

The wounds were not life-threatening and he was treated and released back to deputy sheriffs. Holbrook was lodged in the county jail, charged with Aggravated Assault (multiple counts), Battery (Family Violence Act), Cruelty to Children 3rd DegreePossession of a Knife (Dangerous Weapon) During the Commission of a Crime, and Violation of a Family Violence Order.

Detectives later executed a search warrant at the home, during which the knife believed to have been involved in the assaults was recovered.

Jail records indicate that at the time of this incident, Holbrook was free on a $50,000.00 bond for (previous) charges of Aggravated Assault, Cruelty to Children 3rd Degree, and Battery.

The previous case, from 2019, involved an assault with a butcher knife.