Armed man arrested at Canton school
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Todd Christopher Grigg (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.)
Todd Christopher Grigg (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.)
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On his person, Todd Christopher Grigg had a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, three knives and leather gloves. (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.)
On his person, Todd Christopher Grigg had a BB gun that resembled a semi-automatic handgun, three knives and leather gloves. (Photo courtesy of Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.)
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By Joshua Sharpe

jsharpe@cherokeetribune.com

One day after a gunman opened fire at a DeKalb County school, fears of school violence hit Cherokee County when an armed man was found Wednesday morning outside the Cherokee Charter Academy.

Todd Kristopher Grigg, 31, of Woodstock was arrested and charged with six counts after Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies noticed him acting suspiciously at the school in Canton and found that he was carrying several weapons, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputies were at the Charter Academy on Sixes Road working morning traffic and apprehended Grigg, who has an extensive criminal history, after he ran away when they tried to question him, authorities said.

When arrested, Grigg had a BB gun resembling a semi-automatic handgun, three knives and a set of leather gloves, Baker said.

The man was taken in for questioning and told investigators he was at the charter academy, where several of his relatives go to school, waiting for a ride, Baker said.

“He further advised investigators that he ran from the deputies because he knew he was in a school zone and was armed,” Baker said.

Lt. Col. Ron Hunton, field operations commander for the Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday afternoon the investigation into Griggs and his statements explaining why he was at the school is ongoing.

“I think it’s pretty obvious, No. 1, that’s a strange place to wait for a ride when you’re carrying a BB gun and straight-edged weapons,” Hunton said. “It’s certainly suspicious.”

Especially considering the shooting in DeKalb on Tuesday, Hunton said, the Sheriff’s Office is taking Wednesday’s incident seriously.

“The detectives are busy doing some follow-up work on this gentleman, on his background and also on the location where he’s currently residing,” Hunton said, adding that search warrants will likely be taken out on Grigg’s home.

Hunton said incidents like the one in DeKalb make police particularly concerned of potential violence at schools.

“I’m certainly not saying this guy was a copycat by any means,” Hunton said. “But the timing of it certainly is suspicious.”

Detectives are also looking into the Grigg’s criminal history, which includes “quite a few arrests,” Hunton said.

Grigg has been arrested in Cherokee County five times on charges including DUI, battery, obstruction of a 911 call, criminal trespassing, giving a false name to law enforcement and reckless conduct, Baker said.

In Cobb County, his arrest count is even higher at seven, according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

Nancy Bodiford, spokeswoman for the Cobb Sheriff’s Office, said Grigg’s charges in Cobb include possession of a concealed weapon, stalking and more obstruction and criminal trespassing.

In 2007, he was also charged with DUI in Pickens County, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office said.

After the incident Wednesday morning, Hunton said the deputies met with school officials at the Cherokee Charter Academy to ensure that no other suspects were inside and found none.

Baker said Grigg was charged with four counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds, carrying a concealed knife and obstruction of an officer, Baker said.

He is being held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond, Baker said.

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Rookie alert
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August 24, 2013
Is no one concerned the school was never put into lockdown? No Code Red, no Code Yellow? I realize this would have been inconvenient for the carpool, but get a plan together-- one that includes our horrific traffic pattern please. And no notification from the school until past noon, not even a website notice? Definitely some rookies at the wheel here. we shouldn't have to wait for an OK from Florida to hear about our own school!
Diana Reynolds
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August 23, 2013
So thankful we have such Awesome and Alert deputies in Cherokee County. Great job and thank you so much for a job well done.
CCSD Dad
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August 23, 2013
I'd pay an extra mil or 3 to hire full time police officers in the school. Many years ago Etowah had an officer at the gate full time. Thanks to the officers for keeping an eye out for idiots like this.
JDBH
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August 22, 2013
I would like to hear the whole truth to the stories. Listed were the arrests but not exactly which ones if any he was convicted of. Yes he was convicted of dui. This person was there waiting on his mom to get a ride for an mri because he has a brain tumor and his brothers kids go to this school. Stupidity is what he is guilty of. Yes I am glad the police did do something you just never know now a days, but I wish the media would tell the facts instead of sensationalizing something that was really nothing. I am not related to this man, I know him but I am not a close friend, as a matter of fact I really don't like him much. But I do know the facts.
Lori Tilt
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August 21, 2013
Thanks to our local law enforcement for being so aware and keeping us safe! After hearing about the issue in Atlanta yesterday, I was telling concerned out-of-state relatives about how our Sheriff's office protects us and has officers at our schools frequently. Thank goodness they are always watching out for our safety and protecting our kids and our community!
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