Update: Kentucky man, 43, arrested following shooting incident and shutdown of Highway 78


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate an officer involved shooting that took place in Snellville in the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. According to Natalie Ammons, public information for the GBI, this is the second officer-involved shooting this year that the agency has been called in to investigation.

GBI reports that preliminary information indicates that at about 2:52 a.m. Snellville Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious person near 2962 Summit Way, Snellville. The subject was no longer present when officers arrived but he was subsequently located nearby at 1573 Highway 78.  He was questioned but allegedly gave officers a false name and date of birth. When officers attempted to place the subject in custody, he pulled away and fled into a wooded area along Highway 78. The officers pursued on foot at which time the subject allegedly fired a gun at the officers and the officers returned fire. Neither the subject nor any officers were hit during the gunfire exchange.

Other responding officers established a perimeter of the area and Gwinnett PD SWAT was activated and assumed responsibility for the search. The subject, identified as Shawn Davis, 43, of Kentucky, was located in the wooded area and arrested by Gwinnett PD SWAT at approximately 5:30 a.m. He was reportedly in possession of a handgun when arrested.

“The GBI will conduct an independent investigation. Upon completion, it will be turned over to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office for review,” Ammons said. At noon the road was open but authorities remain on the scene conducting the investigation.

Initial Story

Snellville Police report that an officer involved shooting has shut down Highway 78 near Summit Chase. Snellville PD report that the suspect fired on a police officer. She fired back, nobody was hit but the suspect ran into the wood line. A search ensued and he was later discovered. Gwinnett County SWAT also responded. The suspect was located and taken to the hospital. Nobody was allegedly hit by gunfire.

At this time Highway 78 remains closed.

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