Law enforcement personnel recognized for defusing potentially-lethal situation

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Guttenberg Police Officer Derek Chambers (left), Clayton County Jail Administrator Chad Werger and MarMac Police Officer Dylan Rumph were recognized March 26 for defusing a potentially-lethal situation on March 21. (Photo by Pat McTaggart)

By Pat McTaggart, Freelance Writer

Three Clayton County law enforcement personnel were recognized March 26 for defusing a potential lethal situation.  

MarMac Police Officer Dylan Rumph, Guttenberg Police Officer Derek Chambers and Jail Administrator Chad Werger responded to an ongoing domestic violence incident at 3:24 a.m. on March 21 after the victim called 911. The dispatcher heard the subject say he had a gun.

When they arrived at the scene, the officers set up a perimeter and saw the subject come out of his residence.  He was told to raise his hands, which he initially did before putting them behind his back.  The officers approached him and took him safely into custody.

“This could have ended differently, since there was a report of a gun,” Clayton County Sheriff Mike Tschirgi said. 

He also noted that the three men, each from a different agency, worked effectively as a team.

“The situation showed a good working relationship between local and county law enforcement,” Clayton County Chief Deputy Michael Aschinger added. “We help out each other whenever we are asked to do it. I would also like to note that these three showed restraint when confronting and taking the subject into custody.”

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