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Authorities ID suspect shot dead by Gwinnett police

Authorities on Monday released the name of the stabbing suspect fatally shot by Gwinnett County police over the weekend. An officer was wounded in the incident.

Robert Coleman, 30, of Flowery Branch, was shot and killed by officers responding to a burglary call Saturday afternoon at a home near Lawrenceville.

Detectives confirmed that the incident was related to a reported stabbing at a nearby home.

No suspect or victim was initially found when officers responded to a stabbing call in the 3600 block of Willow Wood Way around 4 p.m.

Minutes later, officers received a call about a burglary in progress about three blocks away — in the 3800 block of Smokemist Trace. Two officers encountered Coleman while checking the residence and shots were fired, police said.

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Coleman died at the scene. One of the two officers was shot in the leg and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

The stabbing victim returned to Willow Wood Way a short time after the related shooting and was transported to a hospital in serious condition. The victim was last reported to be in stable condition.

Witnesses told police that Coleman had attended a party on Willow Wood Way during which the victim was stabbed.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Authorities said both officers fired shots during the encounter with Coleman. Both have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

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