June 2, 2020 update – The driver has been identified as Momodou Lamin Sisay, 39, of Lithonia.
GBI released the following statement in reference to the preliminary investigation into the May 29, 2020 officer-involved shooting in Snellville.
Gwinnett County, GA (May 29, 2020) – On Friday, May 29, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Snellville Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 3:49 a.m., a Snellville PD officer attempted to stop a vehicle along Skyland Drive for a vehicle tag violation. The vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit ensued leading to Temple Johnson Road.
During the chase, Snellville PD officers initiated a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and stop in the 2100 block of Temple Johnson Road. Officers approached the vehicle and gave verbal commands for the driver to show his hands. The driver did not comply. Snellville PD officers were preparing to use a non-lethal device to enter the vehicle when the driver pointed a handgun at the officers. Officers fired at the driver and pulled back to take cover behind their patrol vehicles. Officers continued to give the driver verbal commands. The driver again did not comply and was revving his car’s engine while unsuccessfully attempting to leave the scene.
Snellville PD requested assistance from the Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) SWAT Team. GCPD SWAT responded and attempted to negotiate with the driver who was still in the vehicle. During the standoff, the driver pointed his weapon and fired at the SWAT officers. One GCPD SWAT officer fired his weapon. GCPD SWAT approached the vehicle and found the driver unresponsive. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
A handgun was located at the scene.
The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy. The driver’s identity is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
No officers were injured during the incident.
GBI will continue its independent investigation and when completed it will be turned over to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office for review.
The City of Snellville issued a statement outlining what led to the incident that resulted in an officer-involved shooting in Snellville early this morning. According to the statement, the incident began when a member of the Snellville Police Department attempt to perform a traffic stop on the suspect (name unknown at this time). The suspect fled and a chase ensued. The officer performed a pit maneuver at which time the vehicle wrecked into the treeline on Temple Johnson Road.
Officers approached the vehicle and reportedly instructed the suspect to show his hands. He allegedly did not respond, instead producing a handgun and shooting off several rounds at the officers. Officers returned fire and were able to contain the suspect in his vehicle. The Gwinnett County Police Department SWAT team responded and surrounded the vehicle. It was at this time that the suspect allegedly pointed his firearm outside the windshield and was shot by a member of the SWAT team.
(Snellville, Georgia) The Gwinnett County Police Department report that, along with the Snellville Police Department, it was involved in an officer-involved-shooting that resulted in the death of an armed suspect earlier this morning. GCPD assigned to the South Precinct were called in to assist the Snellville PD after a suspect allegedly exchanged gunfire with patrol officers on Temple Johnson Road near Pate Road.
GCPD report that at about 4 am this morning, May 29, 2020, officers assigned to the South Precinct were requested to assist the Snellville Police Department after an individual allegedly exchanged gunfire with their patrol officers. Officers from GCPD and Snellville PD surrounded the vehicle where the suspect was allegedly armed and barricaded inside his vehicle in the wood line off Temple Johnson Road. The SWAT team was activated and also surrounded the suspect’s vehicle. He allegedly pointed his firearm outside of his windshield at the officers and was subsequently shot when one of the SWAT team officers fired one round. The suspect allegedly continued to move around in his vehicle, moving to the back seat at one point. However, when officers got closer they saw he had visible injuries and they called for an ambulance. Responding Gwinnett County Fire Department reported at that time that the suspect was dead.
GCPD say at this time, it is not clear which officer’s rounds caused the suspect’s fatal injury. Per protocol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to lead the investigation. The name of the suspect is not known at this time.
No officers were injured in this incident.
Gwinnett County Police Department report on twitter that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on the scene now and investigating. The suspect allegedly had a weapon and fired on police.
The Gwinnett County Police Department and the Snellville Police Department has been involved in an officer-involved-shooting on Temple Johnson Road in Snellville. GCPD report that subject died. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to lead the investigation.
Further details to follow.