Terror charges for man after standoff on Thomas Drive

Published 11:41 am Monday, August 7, 2023

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Troup County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a LaGrange man for allegedly making terroristic threats that led to a standoff at his home.

Michael Cornelison, 51, was arrested Monday morning after holding authorizes at bay for several hours.

Sunday night around 11:25 p.m., Troup 911 received a request for a welfare check at a residence in the 200 block of Thomas Drive. Deputies were informed by a family member that Cornelison had sent a concerning text message that eluded to possibly harming himself.

Deputies were able to make contact with the subject’s wife who was inside the home with several family members and friends.

Deputies say she informed them that Cornelison had threatened to harm himself and her along with making threats to harm any law enforcement officer that approached the residence. She also informed deputies that there were numerous guns inside the home.

All the occupants were able to safely exit the home while deputies were responding and were extracted to a safe location to meet with investigators to gather information about Cornelison and any potential weapons.

Out of safety concerns, the Georgia State Patrol SWAT team was called to the scene, and the location was monitored by aerial drone with the help of the LaGrange Police Department.

Georgia Department of Public Safety SWAT team and Crisis Negotiators arrived on the scene shortly before 6 a.m.

Cornelison then exited the home around 6:13 a.m. and was peacefully taken into custody.

TCSO Public Information Officer Sgt. Stewart Smith confirmed that no shots were fired during the incident.

The suspect exited the residence on his own after the GBI set up their SWAT truck. They didn’t have to forcibly enter the residence, Smith said.

“I guess he saw that they meant business and came out,” Smith said.

Cornelsion was taken into custody by members of the GBI SWAT team and transferred to sheriff’s deputies.

Cornelison was transported to the Troup County Jail where he remains. He’s being charged with felony terroristic threats – family violence act.