A 62-year-old Dahlonega man has been identified as the gunman who was shot and killed by police Monday at a Gainesville dermatology office.
Rodney Hamilton, who had been a patient at Lanier Dermatology, was holding people hostage inside the office on Enota Drive when he was confronted by Gainesville police officers, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
An autopsy will be performed today on Hamilton’s body.
According to the GBI, Gainesville police received a 911 call from the doctors’ office at 11 a.m. saying a man was inside waving a gun. Within three minutes, Gainesville officers were on the scene. They made their way into the office, evacuating staff and patients.
Officers gave verbal commands to Hamilton, which he ignored. He was then shot by officers. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Hamilton’s vehicle was inspected and cleared by the GBI Special Operations Unit.
The GBI will refer the case to the Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review when the investigation is complete. Gainesville police have not identified the officer who shot Hamilton.
This is the fifth officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated statewide in 2019