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Police minute-by-minute events in early manhunt

Atlanta (Georgia)
Richard Pennington

(CNN) -- Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington released a minute-by-minute timeline of last Friday's Fulton County Courthouse slayings and the subsequent manhunt for suspect Brian Nichols.

Police said Nichols shot and killed three people, including a judge, at the courthouse while he was being retried on rape and other charges. He is also suspected of killling of a federal customs agent while he was on the run. Nichols eventually gave himself up to authorities at an apartment complex where he was allegedly holding a hostage.

Here is the timeline released by Atlanta police on the courthouse shooting response: The department cites the sheriff's department and police reports as sources.

  • 8:45 a.m. -- Fulton County Sheriff (Cynthia Ann) Hall was overpowered by suspect Brian Nichols while suspect changed clothes. Deputy's weapon was taken and she was assaulted.
  • 8:55 a.m. -- Suspect enters courtroom 8-F where he shoots Judge Rowland Barnes and court reporter Julie Brandau. Suspect leaves courtroom.
  • 9:05 a.m.-- APD (Atlanta Police Department) communications receives a cell phone call from a citizen at Pryor and Alabama (streets) that an officer was down. An APD homicide investigator was on already at the scene for an appointment in court and was searching for a parking space. The same homicide investigator takes control at the crime scene.
  • Suspect Nichols carjacks green Mazda Tribute and (it is) reported stolen.
  • 9:06 a.m. -- The first dispatched Zone 5 officer arrives on the scene and calls into APD radio that an officer needed help.
  • 9:07 a.m. -- Suspect carjacks an A-Tow wrecker truck in the vicinity of the Fulton County Courthouse.
  • 9:10 a.m.-- Green Mazda that was reported stolen at 9:05 is recovered.
  • 9:11 a.m.-- APD called MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) operator about the incident. Atlanta Fire Rescue is dispatched.
  • 9:13 a.m. Grady EMS arrives on the scene.
  • 9:14 a.m.-- Suspect carjacks victim in silver Mercury Sable.
  • 9:15 a.m.-- Atlanta Police Command staff were notified at APD communications that a Fulton County deputy was shot. Atlanta Fire Rescue arrives on the scene.
  • 9:16 a.m. -- Suspect carjacks a blue Isuzu Trooper.
  • 9:19 a.m.-- Tow truck carjacked at 9:07 was discovered.
  • 9:20 a.m.-- Suspect assaults AJC (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) reporter and carjacks his green Honda.
  • 9:21 a.m. -- The blue Isuzu Troop carjacked at 9:16 a.m. was located. APD communications contacted MARTA police with additional information on suspect. Atlanta Fire Department notified its dispatch that two individuals were dead; they contacted the medial examiner.
  • 9:22 a.m. -- Atlanta Fire Rescue advises dispatch that a third victim was injured at the courthouse.
  • 9:30 a.m.-- Assistant Chief of Police (Alan J.) Dreher arrives at the scene to assess the situation.
  • 9:36 a.m.-- Special Operations Section lieutenant notified APD communications that a deputy and others were injured.
  • 9:38 a.m. -- SOS lieutenant notifies APD communications that the judge and court reporter are shot.
  • 9:40 a.m. -- APD command staff are notified by APD communications that judge and court reporter are shot. Atlanta Fire Rescue exterior command post was set up at Pryor and MLK (Martin Luther King) Drive.
  • 9:41 a.m.-- Atlanta Fire Rescue calls additional equipment to the scene.
  • 9:45 a.m.-- APD takes command of the scene at this point on the streets, coordinating the investigative efforts of the assisting agencies: (FBI, U.S. Marshals, ATF, GBI, Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Fulton County police department and Fulton County marshals.) Photo of suspect Brian Nichols was circulated.
  • 9:48 a.m. -- Atlanta fire chief arrives on the scene.
  • 9:50 a.m. -- Briefing room was staged on the ninth floor of the Fulton County building. APD coordinated assignments for supporting law enforcement agencies. Atlanta Fire Rescue establishes an interior command as a medical command center, is notified that four people were shot, two fatally.
  • 9:55 a.m. -- An Atlanta Fire Department medical doctor was en route to the scene.
  • 10:25 a.m. -- APD set up mobile command vehicle at MLK and Pryor primarily for traffic control during the investigation.
  • 10:30 a.m. -- APD and participating agencies relocated the command center to the Emergency Operation Center.

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