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Georgia Man Wanted In Girlfriend’s Murder Shot Dead By Police After Standoff In Colorado

Fabien Perry, wanted for the murder of his girlfriend Johana Cabrales-Hernandez in Roswell, Georgia on July 5, was killed by authorities in Aurora, Colorado after a 13-hour standoff on Monday.

By Dorian Geiger
A police handout of Fabien Perry

A manhunt for a Georgia man accused of murdering his girlfriend, a mother of two, has ended after he was shot and killed during an hours-long standoff with police in Colorado.

Fabien Perry, 27, was fatally shot on Monday in Aurora, Colorado — just west of Denver — after he armed himself with a rifle and confronted law enforcement, according to the Roswell Police Department. A warrant was previously issued for his arrest in the murder of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Johana Cabrales-Hernandez, who was killed on July 5 in Roswell, Georgia — almost 1,400 miles away.

Aurora police officers located Perry at an Aurora home approximately nine miles from downtown Denver shortly before 1:00 p.m. on July 18. After a SWAT team descended on the property, Perry allegedly armed and barricaded himself inside the home, though other people — reportedly acquaintances of the suspect — present inside the residence were able to escape safely. 

A standoff ensued, lasting upwards of 13 hours.

“The suspect was given orders to leave the home, but he refused and remained inside,” the Roswell Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday. “Over the course of several hours, negotiators continued to try and convince the male to exit the home, unarmed.”

At around 9:45 p.m., several gunshots were heard inside the home. Authorities say they didn’t return fire and continued to attempt to negotiate with Perry.

Perry allegedly exited the home brandishing a rifle at about 2:18 a.m., police said. An Aurora police officer and a deputy for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office opened fire on Perry. The 27-year-old was then transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It’s unclear if Perry exchanged shots with authorities outside the property.

The Aurora police officer and county deputy who fired rounds at Perry were both placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, officials said. Both were wearing department-issued body cameras.

A personal photo of Johana Cabrales-Hernandez

The victim Perry was suspected of killing, Cabrales-Hernandez, was found shot to death inside her apartment by her family on July 6. Prior to the gruesome discovery, the family said her two children were unexpectedly dropped off at a nearby relatives’ home by a then-unidentified person.

Evidence found at Cabrales-Hernandez’s home tied Perry to her killing, investigators said.

Perry and Cabrales-Hernandez had been in a romantic relationship for nearly four years, according to family members, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He is the father of both children.

Loved ones said the couple’s relationship had taken a toxic turn about two years ago. On a handful of occasions, Cabrales-Hernandez told relatives that she was actively being abused.

“My sister only told us about a few times,” Miriam Cabrales, Cabrales-Hernandez sister, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Every time we encouraged her to leave the situation and that we would help her and we would be there to support her, but she wouldn’t tell us much.”

Perry has past warrants for battery, criminal trespass, aggressive driving and a hit and run, related to a 2021 road rage incident in which he allegedly punched a woman in the face in Alpharetta, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

According to her, obituary, Cabrales-Hernandez will be remembered as a “beautiful,” “courageous,” “loving mother” and a “multifaceted woman” with a “big personality,”

“She was very goofy,” her sister, Cabrales, said. “She loved to play with her nieces and nephews, so we plan to share all those memories with her children, all the videos, all the pictures we have of her and to always do what she would have wanted us to do with them.”

No further information was released by law enforcement this week. A spokesperson for the Roswell Police Department wasn’t immediately available to comment on the case when contacted by Oxygen.com on Thursday morning.