Athens Police Release Dramatic Video Showing Timeline Of Gunman Around Popular Park
ATHENS, Georgia. – Athens-Clarke County Police released a dramatic video detailing a two-day series of crimes against a gunman who investigators said confronted strangers, shot a woman’s car, hijacked a driver, robbed a park visitor and pointed a gun at several people. , including the kids at a popular park last weekend. Police said officers were eventually forced to open fire on the suspect, killing him.
Juan Joseph Daniele Castellano, 38, was identified by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department as the shooter. His gunshot death is under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
It started last Saturday in the 500 block of Vine Street around 5:20 p.m. when police said they received calls about a man with a long gun arguing with strangers. As officers searched for the gunman, police said they received a call about a man in Walker Park shooting a woman in his vehicle.
“When I fell in front of him, he shot my two windows,” the woman said. “Me and another person were driving and he shot both cars.”
This woman was able to escape unscathed.
A woman’s car was shot down at Walker Park in Athens on May 22, 2021 (Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
Police closed the park on Saturday night to search for the shooter. Despite the use of K-9s and drones, no one has been located.
The next morning at around 10:40 a.m., police said they received 911 calls about a man with a gun in the same park at 200 Trail Creek Street.
“There’s a guy walking around the screening areas in Trail Creek with a gun yelling at the kids,” the emotional caller told police. “There are a bunch of children and pregnant women here, you have to hurry. Please hurry.”
Police said one of those calls reported that the man had hijacked a vehicle. When officers arrived, police said the gunman had started making requests. Officers ordered him to put the gun down on several occasions, but the shooter did not obey, police said.
Police said surveillance footage from Walker Park shows an armed man pointing a long gun at visitors, including children, on May 23, 2021. (Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
Police said that at one point during the confrontation gunshots were fired, one of which hit Castellano.
Police identified four officers who fired their service weapons during the encounter: Lt. Greg Slaney, a 20-year veteran with ACCPD, Senior Constable Joseph Impeduglia and an 18-year-old veteran. with ACCPD, Officer 1st Class Hunter Lance, a 3- year veteran with ACCPD and Officer 1st Class Joshua Echols, a 2 year veteran with ACCPD.
Trail Creek OIS ver4.2 (Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
Video released Friday and produced by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department maps the scene, shows officers’ body cameras, 911 calls and surveillance video from the park. Shortly after the four minutes, police said they were showing Castellano inside the park on Sunday, pointing their guns at people near the children’s screening area. Nearly seven minutes, police said the video showed officers confronting the shooter.
Investigators have not disclosed the motive for Castellano’s actions.
Athens Police body camera video confronting gunman in Walker Park on May 23, 2021 (Athens-Clarke County Police Department)
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was tasked with investigating the shootings committed by a police officer.
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