A multi-agency task force from the metro area was attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Thomas Franklin Truitt, 37, at the house in the 50 block of Old Old Alabama Road in Emerson, according to a Bartow County Sheriff's Office press release. During the attempted arrest, shots were fired and Truitt was killed. The release said the incident occurred just before 10 p.m., but initial reports of shots fired made to Bartow County dispatch occurred closer to 10:30 p.m.
A caller to The Daily Tribune News Friday morning said Truitt had been wanted in connection with a traffic incident in Cobb County.
A spokesperson from the U.S. Marshals' office in Atlanta confirmed Friday that the agency was among those present Thursday night.
"The Southeastern Regional Task Force was involved in a significant incident in Cartersville," the spokesman said, directing all further questions to the BCSO.
In addition to U.S. Marshals, representatives of the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force and BCSO, Paulding, Cobb and Atlanta law enforcement were present.
Although the BCSO initially was handling the investigation, Sheriff Clark Millsap said Friday afternoon that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had been called in and the BCSO would assist in the investigation. The GBI was invited in because of the number of agencies involved and the involvement of federal officers.
No members of law enforcement were injured, and no local agents were involved in the shooting, sources said.
Requests Friday for the incident report filed by a BCSO deputy were not forthcoming, with the media being advised the report would not be sent until today.
According to the release, the investigation into the incident is under way and more information will be released as it becomes available or is cleared for release from other agencies.
-- Amanda Ryker
contributed to this report.