Police ID officer in shooting
Autopsy results on mother, daughter released

DULUTH - On Friday Gwinnett police identified the officer involved in Tuesday's fatal shootings of a reportedly suicidal 51-year-old woman and her 75-year-old mother.

Officer Lyndsey K. Perry, a 10-year department veteran, shot and killed Penny Schwartz and her mother, Barbara Baker, after responding to the home at 3557 Tracey Drive.

Police said Baker called 911 just before 9 p.m. and said Schwartz was threatening to shoot herself and that she wanted the police to shoot her.

According to reports, Baker allowed Perry to come inside the home. As the two were speaking, police said, Schwartz came downstairs and pointed a handgun at Perry, who fired several shots.

According to autopsy results, which were released Friday, Schwartz was shot four times, including once in each forearm and twice on the left side of her abdomen.

"None of these gunshot wounds was immediately fatal or immediately incapacitating," Gwinnett County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Carol A. Terry said in a release.

Schwartz was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center but died overnight.

Baker was shot once in the center of her chest, Terry said, and died at the scene.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said it is unclear how Baker was shot and that it is under investigation.

Schwartz's son, 25-year-old Derrick Schwartz, said his mother called him Tuesday in Chicago and told him she was considering shooting herself, though he didn't believe she owned a gun.

He speculated that his grandmother stepped in the line of fire in order to protect her daughter.

Penny Schwartz suffered from Crohn's disease, an inflammatory affliction of the intestines, and was heavily medicated, which could have contributed to her depression, Derrick Schwartz said.

Perry has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said, which is being conducted by crime scene investigators and the department's Deadly Force Investigative Team.