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Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Slot machines found inside stolen van

Slot machines found inside stolen van

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police found two slot machines inside an abandoned minivan Wednesday morning.

The van was discovered shortly before 1 a.m. near the intersection of Campbellton Road and Epworth Street in southwest Atlanta.

A patrol officer spotted the vehicle parked on the sidewalk. He ran the tags and learned it had been reported stolen.

When police opened the back of the van, they found two slots machines inside. They did not immediately know where the machines originated.

The theft is under investigation.

Man stabbed to death after fight in SW Atlanta

Man stabbed to death after fight in SW Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man in his early 20's was stabbed to death in southwest Atlanta Wednesday night.

The victim, 27-year-old Nicholas Roberts of Atlanta, was killed at around 10:30 p.m. at the Deerfield Gardens Apartments in the 2900 block of Campbellton Road SW.

Witnesses told police Roberts got into a fight with someone shortly before the stabbing.

Police said the witnesses are cooperating and may be able to lead investigators to a suspect.

Atlanta SWAT situation ends with arrest

Atlanta SWAT situation ends with arrest

ATLANTA -- One person was arrested after a SWAT call in southwest Atlanta Sunday night.

It began shortly after 10:40 p.m. at a house in the 1600 block of Fort Valley Drive SW, not far from Campbellton Road.

Atlanta police said the incident started after a man and his stepson got into an argument. At least one shot was fired inside the house.

Police tried to make contact with the people inside the house, but no one picked up the phone. A SWAT team arrived to try to persuade the stepfather to leave the house.

The man eventually went outside and was arrested. Charges are pending.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Security guard, guest shot at Atlanta sports bar

Security guard, guest shot at Atlanta sports bar

ATLANTA -- A security guard and a guest were shot at a southwest Atlanta club Monday morning.

Police said it began at around 4:30 a.m. with a fight at Dejavu 2 Sports Bar and Lounge in the 2900 block of Campbellton Road SW.

According to an Atlanta police spokesperson, the man who started the fight was thrown out of the club. He retrieved a gun from his car and tried to get back into the building, but was stopped by a security guard.

The security guard and the patron shot at each other. The security guard was struck in his left hand, while another club guest was shot in the left hand and left side. Both victims' injuries were not life-threatening.

The patron who shot the security guard has not been caught or identified.

Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said responding officers also arrested the club's owner on a warrant for battery and selling liquor after hours.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Man killed in drive-by shooting in SW Atlanta

Man killed in drive-by shooting in SW Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man in his 60's was killed in a drive-by shooting in southwest Atlanta Wednesday morning.

It happened shortly after midnight in the 1000 block of McDaniel Street SW, near Delevan Street.

Atlanta Police Capt. Paul Guerrucci said the victim was shot at least once and was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, but are speaking to witnesses.

Guerrucci said police will review surveillance footage from a nearby business, JVC Grocery & Deli, to see if the shooting was caught on video.