Breaking: GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Gwinnett County following crash and carjacking

Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department.

Gwinnett County, Ga. – Gwinnett County Police Department reports it has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate an alleged officer-involved shooting that resulted in one death. No officers were injured in this incident.

GCPD report that just after 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, officers responded to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Shadburn Ferry Road.

“When officers arrived, they were informed by several witnesses that a male suspect who was involved in the traffic accident got out of a car with what was described as an AK-style rifle. While officers were continuing to arrive at the accident, they were alerted to gunshots nearby.  Officers located a vehicle leaving the area that had been carjacked by the suspect from the original vehicle accident.  Officers attempted to stop that vehicle and followed it into Shoal Creek Park,” GCPD reported in a press release. “The carjacked vehicle drove through the park and the suspect drove the car into the lake. Once he drove into the lake, the male began firing at police officers from the area of the sinking vehicle. A police vehicle was struck several times by the suspect’s rounds.  Officers returned fire at the suspect after they were fired upon.”

GCPD report that the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and located a body in the area of the lake near the vehicle. The GBI was contacted in reference to the officer-involved shooting and will handle that investigation.  The people involved in the original vehicle accident suffered minor injuries and the carjacking victim was located unharmed.

This is still an active investigation with more information to follow. Any follow up to the investigation will be handled by the GBI.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, the are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.

 

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