An East Cobb man accused of shooting police in a standoff at his home last fall has been charged with 14 counts by a Cobb grand jury.
The Cobb District Attorney’s Office said Donald Terry Welborn was charged Thursday with nine counts of aggravated assault a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime.
Welborn, 57, was arrested at his home on Kingsley Drive (near Post Oak Tritt Road and near Johnson Ferry Road) on September 22, 2020, hours after neighbors started hearing gunshots from his residence around 5:30 am.
Cobb police, including a SWAT unit, arrived at the scene, starting a standoff that closed the New Castle neighborhood for the rest of the morning.
During the standoff, police said Welborn shot several officers as negotiators attempted to get him out of the house. According to the indictment, Welborn targeted nine different officers.
He was taken into custody About six hours later, uninjured, he was charged with eight counts, police said.
Welborn remains in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond, according to reservation records from the Cobb Sheriff’s Office.
In February, Welborn’s lawyer attempted to take his client’s case to a mental health court, but that request was denied by the Cobb District Attorney’s Office.
According to Cobb Superior Court records, Deputy District Attorney Maurice Brown told Robert Citronberg that “the defendant’s offense does not appear to be sufficiently related to the defendant’s health diagnosis”, but did not given details.
According to an arrest warrant for Welborn, he entered a room where Susan Welborn was sleeping, then shot a ceiling fan.
Cobb’s court records indicate that she is Welborn’s wife, but they had been separated. Susan Welborn filed for divorce in Cobb Superior Court on the day of the shooting.
The warrant also states that Welborn was inside his residence when he shot the homes of two neighbors, one neighbor and another across the street, hitting their homes, before the arrival of the police.
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