Robbery suspect shot and killed by officers after chase in Gwinnett County, police say

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett police say a man is dead after a shooting involving their officers on Thursday evening.

Just 6:30 p.m. an officer was following up on a robbery case when he tried to initiate a traffic stop on a red SUV in a Waffle House parking lot located on Jimmy Carter Blvd. near the intersection with Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in unincorporated Norcross.

Gwinnett police said the driver of the red SUV had four outstanding warrants in Hall County and they believe he is a suspect in a robbery in unincorporated Gwinnett County.

Initially, the driver pulled over, but instead of following the officer’s verbal commands to get out of the vehicle, he drove forward while shooting at the officer.

A detective in a nearby unmarked police car activated his blue lights as the suspect began approaching.

The suspect fired at least one round at the unmarked police car, which entered the trunk, passed through the back seat, and ultimately lodged in the driver’s seat where the officer was seated.

After that, a police chase began down Jimmy Carter Blvd.

As the suspect was driving on Jimmy Carter Blvd., he lost control of his car. Police did a PIT maneuver to stop him from driving away.

When they did, they say a shootout occurred with police.

“The guy reached out the window and shot the gun boom boom boom. And then he pulled off like all you heard was tires,” said Nelson. Then they jumped out of the car and had a little back-and-forth shootout.”

The suspect was shot and died on the scene.

Police said Jimmy Carter Boulevard and the neighboring Waffle House on Jimmy Carter Blvd. parking lot are closed for the duration of the investigation.

NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene and saw dozens of police units in the area near a busy shopping plaza. Dozens of bystanders were also in the area as police investigate.

The GBI has been requested to investigate this incident.

No officer, motorist, or passersby was injured during this incident.

Police have not released the identity of the suspect.





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