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Police release name of man shot by cop

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Authorities have identified the man shot by a Gwinnett County police officer Monday as 31-year-old Michael Terrell McCorkle of Lawrenceville.

McCorkle was reportedly struck once after he opened fire on the officer while fleeing from a traffic stop on Steve Reynolds Boulevard near Beaver Ruin Road.

The officer was not injured, said Gwinnett police spokesman Officer Brian Kelly, while McCorkle remains in critical condition.

According to reports, McCorkle was driving a green 2000 Honda Civic at about 4 p.m. when the officer stopped him for an "equipment violation."

After obtaining McCorkle's identification, police said, the officer went back to his patrol car and McCorkle took off running. After a short foot chase into a business complex, McCorkle pulled out a handgun and fired at least one round at the officer, according to reports.

It is unclear how many times the officer fired or where McCorkle was hit, and police have not said why he may have run.

"The motives underlying McCorkle's actions continue to be investigated," Kelly said.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, McCorkle was released from prison just three-and-a-half months ago. It is unclear whether he is on probation.

Dating back to 1998, jail records show McCorkle has been nabbed 16 times in Gwinnett for offenses including entering an automobile, drug trafficking, weapons possession and, most recently, in 2007, parole violation.

Police have not identified the officer and said that he has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.