GBI: Man ‘drive stunned’ during fatal encounter with 5 cops

The Stone Mountain man killed Saturday morning during an encounter with Gwinnett County police was “drive stunned” by one of five on-scene officers, authorities said Sunday.

Gwinnett County police responded to the 5100 block of Rock Place Drive at about 4:15 a.m. Saturday, after a 911 caller reported his neighbor, 53-year-old George Mann, was “ locked in (the caller’s) garage, was irate and possibly armed.”

When the five responding officers attempted to make contact with Mann, “an altercation ensued,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said.

“Mann was drive stunned with the Taser when he resisted officers,” Lang said. “The suspect went unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Eastside Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.”

“Drive stunning” generally refers to when a Taser is used by placing it directly against a person’s body, rather than by using a cartridge to fire projectiles.

No further information was provided Sunday regarding the encounter between Mann and the officers.

Lang said a gun and “suspected methamphetamine” were found in the garage where Mann had been located.