Investigators arrived to blood on the door, walkway, walls and floors. The miniature meat cleaver used by the suspect, 41-year-old Jamie Lamar Green, lay where it fell when he dropped it, blood still visible on the knife.
The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office said the Cartersville man walked through the main courthouse entrance about 12:40 p.m. and, prior to walking through the security checkpoint, pulled out a knife in a threatening manner before cutting his own neck.
“Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies manning the security checkpoint immediately challenged Green and ultimately shot him once with a Taser before taking control of him,” a press release stated.
Green, who suffered “a serious injury to his neck,” was taken to Kennestone Hospital where his condition was not known as of press time. No other injuries were reported.
Sheriff Clark Millsap said Green appeared at the courthouse for a calendar call on charges stemming from a May 30, 2012, arrest. He was charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation and two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes.
Visitors to the courthouse were redirected through the exit of the main entrance area while the scene was investigated and cleared. Properties were also being auctioned on the courthouse steps Tuesday afternoon directly outside the roped off area.