Who was Jarvis Jarrette, the Midtown Atlanta balcony shooter?


The story led off every Atlanta newscast on Wednesday, from 5 a.m. all the way to 11 p.m. 

Atlanta Police Department officers responded to a high-rise downtown apartment around 3:30 in the morning and almost immediately encountered gunfire from the 21st floor. Jarvis Jarrette, listed as "from Milledgeville" or "Milledgeville man" began shooting at officers with a rifle, according to investigators. Jarrette reportedly began firing indiscriminately from the balcony prior to APD's arrival, and when cops arrived Jarrette reportedly turned his attention to them.  "Neigbhors described it as a bomb going off," according to 11 Alive report immediately below.

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Officers ultimately were able to gain access into the apartment and found two people dead – Jarrette and his girlfriend. She was identified as 31-year-old Courtney Cox, a lawyer who was described by friends as "genuinely a nice person, according to CBS 46. The couple began dating over the summer and "were crazy about each other, added the news report.

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Jarrette, who attended Baldwin High, was described by reporters throughout the day as "a Milledgeville man" or "from Milledgeville." Jarrette's jail history here in Baldwin County is relatively brief, and all three of his arrests were for non-violent statutes. Listed with an an address in the Allenwood neighborhood across from BHS in each of his arrest reports, Jarrette was arrested in 2007 for driving away without paying for gas. Five years later, meanwhile, he was booked for reckless driving and seatbelt violation, and then in 2017 he was arrested for DUI.

Jarrette's 2012 and 2017 booking photos, respectively.

It's not immediately clear if Jarrette took his own life or was fatally shot by law enforcement. It was reported different ways on Wednesday by different media outlets. At least one officer returned gunfire. The GBI was brought in to sort out that aspect of the investigation.

During a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms chided apartment residents and the public for not calling 911. The APD actually found out most of their information about the active shooting through social media videos. Part of that APD press conference can be viewed immediately below.

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