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Perry Scallan

A man is in custody after authorities say he stabbed his mother and a dog at a home in west Cherokee County this week.

Perry Scallan, 39, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to animals, two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon while committing a felony, according to jail records. All of those are felony charges.

According to a report from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:

Deputies responded Monday morning to a report of a person stabbed at a home on Nowlin Circle near Acworth. Dispatchers said a man had stabbed his mother with a knife. Deputies also found a dog in the house bleeding out from stab wounds. Deputies helped the woman and another family member out of the house, and brought the dog outside.

The man, later identified as Scallan, threw various objects at officers, including a coffee mug, a plate, and a glass container of taco sauce, a deputy said in the report.

As negotiators tried to persuade him to come out of a room he had barricaded himself in, Perry was seen lighting things on fire and heard saying something about burning the house down, according to the sheriff’s office report. After deputies used tear gas, Perry left the room, and deputies used Tasers and a “less lethal” shot to detain him and put him in handcuffs, per the report. He then was given medical attention and put on a stretcher.

The woman and the dog were both recovering Friday in a hospital and an animal hospital respectively, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker told the Tribune.

Scallan remained in the Cherokee County jail without bond.

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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