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Man shot by officer at Snellville gas station after allegedly pointing gun at him

Snellville Police said the officer "sustained a minor injury during the event" and was treated at a hospital.

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — A man was shot by a Snellville Police officer early Monday morning at a gas station after the department said it had "received multiple calls of a man brandishing a firearm."

A Snellville Police statement said the man was taken to a local hospital and was being treated. 

Jeff Manley, a detective in the Snell Police Criminal Investigations Division, told 11Alive's Tracey Amick-Peer the man was hit in the "lower body" by at least one round, and the his injury was not considered not-threatening. Manley believed the man had either already been released or was in the process of being released from the hospital.

The department also said the officer "sustained a minor injury during the event" and was also treated at a hospital, though Manley later said he hadn't been injured. The GBI, in a release, later also said no officers were injured.

Manley said the 911 calls were about "an individual who was traveling in different parts of the city and brandishing a firearm and acting erratically."

After receiving the calls, Snellville Police said officers were dispatched to the Speedway gas station on Stone Mountain Highway at Highpoint Road.

"When the officer tried to speak with the offender, the offender produced a firearm," the release said. "The officer discharged their issued duty weapon at the offender, striking the offender."

The GBI said an officer found a car at the Speedway that "an internal BOLO (be on the lookout) had been issued for stemming from incidents that happened earlier that morning" and that it was believed the driver was "armed with a handgun."

"The officer attempted to contact (the man), but he was not in the car. The officer saw (him) come out of the Speedway gas station. (The man) briefly spoke with the officer before pulling out a handgun and pointing it at the officer. The officer shot (the man)," the GBI said.

The release said officers gave aid to the man and called for an ambulance, and then he was taken to the hospital by Gwinnett Fire Department personnel.

Snellville police said the gun was located on scene.

"Per standard procedure, the GBI has been called to the scene to investigate the event," Snellville police said.

"The officer did what he had to do, unfortunately. When he encountered him he had already brandished a weapon at multiple locations, the officer saw him and tried to make contact with him, the guy immediately produced a weapon," Manley said. "Didn't have much choice."

See Press Release regarding an officer involved shooting this morning.

Posted by Snellville Police Department on Monday, January 16, 2023


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