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Tucker man hit twice in officer-involved shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Tucker man shot twice Saturday by Gwinnett County police officers is expected to survive, officials said.

Gwinnett County police arrived at 1346 Southern Woods Drive near Tucker at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, responding to a call of “several Hispanic males actively fighting,” spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Monday. Shortly after arrival, the officers encountered the suspect tentatively identified as 32-year-old Maynor Ramirez.

According to police, Ramirez was carrying a large kitchen knife. Officers told him to drop the weapon.

“Instead of dropping it, the suspect raised the knife over his shoulder and advanced toward the officers,” Smith said.

Both responding officers drew their weapons and fired, striking Ramirez in the torso.

Ramirez was transported to a local hospital, where he is currently under guard, Smith said. When his condition allows, the suspect will be transferred to Gwinnett County jail and officially charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

Per department policy regarding officer-involved shootings, the police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, Smith said.