NORCROSS - A Gwinnett County Police Department officer was placed on standard leave Tuesday after shooting a home invasion suspect.
Neither the suspect nor the officer, a four-year veteran of the force, were identified Tuesday. The suspect remains in critical condition at an area hospital.
The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. Monday at The Mission Heritage Apartments at 4350 Jimmy Carter Blvd., where a resident called 911 to report a robbery in progress.
Prior to the officers' arrival, two male suspects forced their way in an apartment and struck a man with a handgun, police said. Two children and a woman were also in the apartment at the time but weren't harmed.
When police arrived, the two suspects were leaving, one of them armed. The officer ordered the man to drop his weapon, but he failed to comply, according to police.
"The suspect made an aggressive movement toward his weapon and the officer shot (him)," said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Illana Spellman.
Spellman wouldn't specify what type of weapon the suspect was reportedly going for. She said the suspects took nothing from the apartment.
The officer was placed on routine administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the Gwinnett police Office of Professional Standards, Spellman said.
The man who was struck with the gun was transported to an area hospital. He's expected to fully recover, Spellman said.