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Kidnapping suspect killed in police shootout

LAWRENCEVILLE - A confrontation with Gwinnett police SWAT officers left a kidnapping suspect dead in the parking lot of a Waffle House early Monday morning, authorities said.

Police said the Hispanic man, who was not identified, made "aggressive movements" toward a weapon as officers approached his vehicle about 2:30 a.m. He was shot multiple times.

No officers or Waffle House patrons were injured in the shooting, which occurred at a Waffle House at 926 Pleasant Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

A second male suspect was taken into custody and could face charges, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

"The deceased appears to have been a Hispanic male in his 20s," Spellman said. "I don't know at what point the male died."

Spellman declined to say what type of weapon the suspect was allegedly reaching for.

SWAT officers acted on a tip from the Sandy Springs Police Department - who were investigating the possible kidnapping - that the suspects were in a dark-colored vehicle at the restaurant. Police did not immediately say who the suspects may have kidnapped.

Sandy Springs Police Department Lt. Steve Rose declined to give details on the kidnapping investigation.

Gwinnett police last used deadly force during a SWAT incident on Jan. 3 this year in Sugar Hill, during which two officers were shot and wounded, Spellman said.