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Man Shoots Himself After 14-Hour Police Standoff


DALLAS, Ga. (AP) -- A Paulding County man who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend turned the gun on himself early Sunday after holing up in her house for 14 hours in a standoff with police.

Authorities said Michael Todd Ray, 34, went to see Katie Call at her home Saturday morning and shot her in the stomach after seeing her with a new boyfriend. Call fled to a neighbor's house for help, while her boyfriend jumped out a window.

Ray remained in the house as Paulding sheriff's deputies, SWAT team members and Georgia State Patrol troopers arrived, prompting a 14-hour standoff that ended when Ray shot himself in the head.

"He's still alive," Paulding County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Sammy Goble said early Sunday, as deputies prepared to airlift Ray to the hospital.

After shooting tear gas into the house several times, authorities sent in a motion-detecting robot, which found Ray with the head wound around 12:30 a.m.

Call, who was listed in fair condition at Grady Memorial Hospital, apparently had feared her ex-boyfriend, claiming Ray stalked her and bugged her house with audio and video equipment, authorities said.

"He's a very jealous person, and she had her current boyfriend with her at the time," Goble said.

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