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Cops: Man shot was woman's killer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police say a murder suspect shot and killed Tuesday in a standoff with sheriff's deputies was responsible for the slaying of a woman found dead that morning near a Snellville hospital.

Khalid Nelson, 27, of Snellville, killed his girlfriend, 31-year-old teacher, Roslyn Nicole Tobias of Lawrenceville, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.

Her body was found Tuesday morning around 6:15 a.m. in the vicinity of Eastside Physicians Center, which shares a parking lot with Emory Eastside Hospital, a Snellville police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Moloney said Tobias died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds, but did not say exactly when Tobias was shot and killed.

Later that day, DeKalb County law enforcement officials arrived at Nelson's home in Snellville to serve at least one murder warrant for a previous homicide that occurred Dec. 16 in their jurisdiction.

Gwinnett police also arrived to arrest Nelson as a suspect in the Tobias slaying, Moloney said.

After Gwinnett deputies made several attempts to contact Nelson via phone, Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway made the decision around 3 p.m. to enter the residence, Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said Tuesday afternoon.

At the time, Nelson was believed to be hiding in his garage with a gun.

Entry was made by ramming through the garage door with an armored personnel carrier, which is similar to a tank, she said.

Nelson, who was hiding in his car, pulled a gun on SWAT team members when they made entry, and they were able to shoot and kill Nelson before he fired, Bourbonnais said on Tuesday.

Conway said after the incident that the death of Nelson was unfortunate, but the department's "hand was forced."