Gwinnett officers shot and killed a man after he pointed a gun at them Tuesday night in Buford.
The man was part of a group reported to be smoking marijuana at 92 N. Alexander St., according to Cpl. Jake Smith, Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer. Officers found five or six people in the parking lot of a small apartment complex called Alexander North and were frisking and identifying them when the Hispanic male pulled away from the officer frisking him, Smith said.
The man pulled a handgun out of his clothing and held it to his own head. Officers ordered the man to drop the gun. When he refused, the first responding officer fired a Taser. The shot from the Taser did not incapacitate the man, who was able to pull out the probes, according to Smith.
Immediately after pulling out the probes, the man pointed his gun at the officers.
Three officers fired, killing the man.
No officers or bystanders were hurt.
The Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating. DFIT consists of members of the Homicide Unit, the Crime Scene Unit, Internal Affairs, the District Attorney's Office, and the Medical Examiner's Office. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave. This is normal procedure in an officer-involved shooting.
The identity of the victim will be withheld until next of kin can be notified.