Saturday, April 18, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ROSWELL - Roswell police fatally shot a man Friday morning suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend's children from her Norcross home.
Police say Jairo Bustos, 25, rammed a police cruiser and attempted to run over an officer in a Roswell parking lot after a motorist saw an Amber Alert describing the car and called authorities to the scene.
The children - ages 9 months and 22 months - were in their car seats at the time of the shooting but were not harmed, police said. The officer was not seriously injured.
Bustos was wanted on three counts of kidnapping and one count of hijacking a motor vehicle for fleeing Gwinnett with his ex's 1994 Honda Accord and her children, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.
The children's mother, Adrian Stearns, 22, called police Thursday to report Bustos had taken off with them in her car. Bustos had recently been evicted from Stearns' apartment.
Spellman said the children have been reunited with their mother.
Bustos and Stearns had broken up a week ago. Stearns told police she was in her car running errands with him Thursday afternoon when Bustos became upset and began threatening her.
The mother said she jumped out of the car at her Noble Forest Drive apartment and called 911. Authorities later issued an Amber Alert.
The shooting is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Roswell Police Department, as is common with police-involved shootings.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.