PORTERDALE — A man and woman are dead following a domestic disturbance and officer-involved shooting late Monday night in a Porterdale neighborhood.

According to a spokesperson with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Porterdale officers responded to a domestic disturbance with gunshots at approximately 9:24 p.m. at 35 Magan Court off Crowell Road. Upon arrival at the residence, the first officer observed blood in the driveway.

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene, as well as the NCSO SWAT Team. While searching the house, deputies located a male subject, identified as Daryl Johannesson, 56, in an upstairs closet. During the encounter, one SWAT team member fired his weapon. Johannesson was pronounced dead at the scene. A handgun was recovered from the closet.

A deceased female, identified as Erin Rene Smith, 40, was found in the garage of the residence. A preliminary examination indicates she died of gunshot wounds.

Autopsies will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.

The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.