Adairsville PD employees resign, retire after Floyd shooting
by Amanda Ryker
Jun 08, 2012 | 2827 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Floyd County man remains in critical condition following a May 31 incident with Floyd County Police, which involved a warrant filed in error by a senior officer of the Adairsville Police Department.

The incident report filed by a Floyd officer details that William Thomas Burton, of 372 Buttrum Road, Adairsville, was allegedly "making death threats towards his wife" and "firearms may be present inside the home based on [the 911 caller's] knowledge."

Approaching the residence cautiously, Floyd officers witnessed Burton run to an upstairs room of the home, causing officers to believe he may have been retrieving a firearm. Entry was made into the residence, rooms were cleared and Burton was found to be hiding in an attic space. His wife was not at the home.

After failed attempts of establishing communication with Burton and failure to comply with officers' demands to "show his hands," Floyd's Special Weapons and Tactics unit was activated. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that Burton had a warrant filed for his arrest by an Adairsville officer on a convicted felon in possession of a firearm charge. William Burton, though, is not a convicted felon and his name was used as an alias by another individual.

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