Thursday, July 2, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police opened fire and killed an armed suspect during an early morning cocaine raid Wednesday in Lawrenceville.
Three officers encountered the unidentified man in the bedroom of a home at 1077 Cedar Oak Court, where he pointed a handgun at officers and was shot, according to police. He died at the scene.
"The officers feared for their safety," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.
A second man, Samuel Isaak Rivera-Lopez, 19, tried to flee the residence, located off Cedars Road near Old Fountain Road and Ga. Highway 124, but was apprehended and arrested, police said.
Schiralli said officers announced their presence in English and Spanish while knocking on the front and back doors of the home, tucked in a cul-de-sac of the Cedar Oak subdivision. They forced entry when nobody responded.
Schiralli said investigators later found 20 kilograms of cocaine, valued at about $2 million, inside the home.
The three Gwinnett officers, working undercover, were serving a warrant at the home to assist the DEA, Schiralli said. They were placed on routine administrative leave, pending an internal investigation.
The deceased man's name will be released once his identity is confirmed and his next of kin notified, Schiralli said. The department's deadly force investigation team is looking into the shooting.
Rivera-Lopez remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, charged with trafficking in cocaine and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.