State troopers and GBI agents are investigating a trooper-involved shooting Tuesday morning south of Norcross.
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GBI: Teen driver shot after backing up toward state trooper in Gwinnett

A 16-year-old driver was shot by a state trooper after authorities tried to stop the teenager for a headlight violation, the GBI said.

The shooting happened early Tuesday morning as the trooper approached the vehicle at the end of Indian Brook Way south of Norcross. According to the GBI, the trooper opened fire when the teenage driver began backing up toward him.


 

“The trooper fired his weapon during the incident, striking the driver,” GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a news release. “A passenger was in the vehicle and ran from the scene. He has not been apprehended at this time.”

The 16-year-old boy was taken to Northside Hospital Gwinnett, and authorities do not consider his injury to be life-threatening. No troopers were injured during the incident.

Bullet holes were seen Tuesday morning in the side of a pickup truck on the scene of a trooper-involved shooting outside Norcross.
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The vehicle, which appeared to be a white pickup truck, was later determined to be stolen out of Gwinnett County, Miles said. Investigators said troopers spotted the pickup driving without headlights about 1:25 a.m. and attempted to stop it.

The vehicle did not stop until it reached a dead end in an industrial area behind a busy stretch of Indian Trail Lilburn Road, according to the GBI. 

Both state troopers and GBI agents were on the scene Tuesday morning. The incident is the 29th officer-involved shooting the GBI has investigated this year. 


 

It follows two deadly shootings in the county Monday evening.

About 5 p.m., a man was found shot to death in the area of Goodwood Boulevard and Pirkle Road in unincorporated Norcross.

RELATED: Gwinnett police investigating 2 homicides within hours

Less than two hours later, a woman’s body was discovered by her boyfriend at a home off Northbrook Road near Valley Brook road outside Snellville. She had been shot at least once, according to police. 

Gwinnett County police are investigating both Monday incidents as homicides. 

The GBI is handling the investigation, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.

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