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DA waiting on report of cop's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Detectives expect to hand over their findings to prosecutors in the death of Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department Lt. Don Bassett by Friday, capping a two-week investigation since his April 30 shooting death, an official said.

Bassett died when a gun fired allegedly as he tussled with his live-in fiancee, Morgan Schrader, 20. Police have left the filing of charges in the case to District Attorney Danny Porter.

Authorities have not said how they believe the gun discharged, killing the father of four.

Investigators are allowed 30 days to complete reports and submit them to the District Attorney's Office, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said.

"These types of reports are very detailed and lengthy," he said.

Investigators have not spoken with Schrader since her initial interview the day of Bassett's death, Schiralli said.

Police have learned the weapon that killed Bassett was issued to him by the Sheriff's Department but was not his duty gun, Schiralli said.

Stacey Bourbonnais, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, said some employees are issued more than one weapon based on their duty assignment.

"They're allowed to carry their department-issued weapons off-duty because, technically, as a sworn officer, they would be required to act in specific situations," she said.

Schrader resigned from the force March 9, as the department's professional standards unit, to which her fiancee was assigned, was investigating four employees' claims that she reeked of alcohol at work. She had been hired as a deputy sheriff two months prior.

Schrader has not been ruled out as a suspect, but no charges have been filed. A police report noted alcohol was somehow involved in the couple's clash.

Bassett, struck once in the abdomen, died later at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Porter has said he plans to evaluate the police report and forensic evidence before deciding whether to charge Schrader.