LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A confrontation inside a Lawrenceville fast-food restaurant has ended with a suspect shot and an officer recovering from struggle-related injuries.
According to a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Lawrenceville Police requested the state agency to investigate the shooting.
Lawrenceville Police Lt. Jake Parker confirmed the shooting happened at 165 Scenic Highway. The address belongs to a Wendy's restaurant near the highway's intersection with Clayton Street.
Lt. Parker later added that officers were requested by a worker at the restaurant around 5:20 p.m. The worker said a man came in with a beer and wouldn't leave. Lt. Parker said the situation escalated when an officer arrived and was attacked with a chair. Police said he was forced to use his taser and, when that wasn't effective, opened fire.
The suspect's name and condition haven't yet been released that Parker said he was responsive. The veteran officer, who also hasn't been publicly identified, was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries from the confrontation. He has been placed on administrative leave until the GBI completes its investigation.
This is a little more than a half-mile from Lawrenceville's downtown square.
GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles said this is the third officer-involved shooting they've been requested to investigate since the start of the year.
Law enforcement agencies statewide typically call in the GBI to investigate independently when their officers are involved in a shooting. The GBI then turns its findings over to a district attorney in the region for any possible charges.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as they become available.