GBI to investigate officer involved shooting in Snellville

SNELLVILLE — A suspect was shot and killed by police Friday morning after police say he exchange gunfire with Snellville police officers.

At about 4 a.m. The Gwinnett County Police Department was asked to assist the Snellville Police Department in reference to a man police say exchanged gunfire with their patrol officers. The incident took place on Temple Johnson Road near Pate Road.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, the suspect had fired numerous rounds at the Snellville officers during the exchange.


Once the Gwinnett County Police arrived, officers surrounded the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was armed and barricaded inside his passenger car in the wood line off Temple Johnson Road. The SWAT Team was activated.

While the SWAT Team was surrounding the suspect’s car, police say the suspect pointed his firearm outside his windshield at the officers. One of the officers on the SWAT Team fired one round at the suspect. 

Following the discharge, the suspect still continued to move around inside his car.  At one point, he moved to the back seat.

Officers used a SWAT vehicle to get closer. Once closer, they saw that the suspect was suffering from visible injuries. The officers approached the suspect and called for an ambulance. According to the Gwinnett County Fire Department, the suspect died from his wounds.

At this time, it is not clear which officer’s rounds caused the suspect’s fatal injury. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to lead the investigation into the shooting.

The name of the suspect is not known at this time and no officers were injured during the incident.

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