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Cop shoots suspect in kidnapping

BUFORD - A Gwinnett police officer was forced to shoot a bandanna-cloaked kidnapping suspect Monday morning who pulled a weapon, authorities said.

The suspect, identified only as a white male, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was undergoing surgery Monday afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m., when the suspect stepped out of his car on Arden Drive near Interstate 985 in Buford, following a brief police chase.

"The suspect brandished a weapon, and the officer was forced to shoot (him)," Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

Spellman wouldn't say what type of weapon the suspect reportedly flashed.

The officer, who was not identified, was placed on routine administrative leave, pending an internal investigation, she said. That action is standard in police-involved shootings.

Charges against the suspect - which could include high-level felonies such as armed robbery, kidnapping and aggravated assault - are pending, Spellman said.

What concluded with the shooting began as an alleged robbery on nearby Thompson Mill Road.

A 911 caller told police the suspect had broke in a residence located above a Citgo gas station at 4555 Thompson Mill Road, swiped several valuables and left with their roommate and his vehicle.

The officer spotted the vehicle, gave chase and opened fire when the suspect stopped and acted threateningly on Arden Drive near Pebble Lane, Spellman said.

Crime scene investigators, along with members of the deadly force investigative team, processed the scene and will continue the investigation.