A suspect was shot in the arm in Lawrenceville, police said.
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department
Photo: Gwinnett County Police Department

Man shot after pointing gun at Gwinnett officers, police say

A man shot by Gwinnett County police Tuesday night faces charges of burglary and aggravated assault on an officer, the GBI said Wednesday.

Police opened fire after Andrew Joseph Allen, 27, pointed a handgun at officers, according to a statement from the GBI.

Authorities were investigating possible gang activity in the 1900 block of Prospect Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville about 7 p.m. when they began to hear yelling at a nearby home, Gwinnett police said Tuesday in a separate news release.

When officers arrived at the property in the 1300 block of Alpha Drive, they heard at least one gunshot and ran to find the suspect on the home’s back deck arguing with a resident, the release said.

 

The suspect then aimed his gun at the resident’s head, prompting the officers to order him to drop his weapon, the release said. He allegedly moved the gun in the officers’ direction, and one of the officers fired, hitting him in the arm. 

Allen was taken into custody and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he was treated and released, the GBI said Wednesday. No officers were injured.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said on Twitter that the agency was requested to investigate the incident.

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Gwinnett shooting is the 70th such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

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