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Officer shoots suspect near Lilburn

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
Gwinnett Police investigate the scene where an officer shot a suspicious person in a Lilburn neighborhood after the suspect pulled a gun on the officer.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Gwinnett Police investigate the scene where an officer shot a suspicious person in a Lilburn neighborhood after the suspect pulled a gun on the officer.

LILBURN — A Gwinnett County Police Department officer shot and injured a man Thursday afternoon who tried to pull a gun in a neighborhood near Lilburn, police said.

The shooting happened about 2 p.m. in the area of Stafford Drive and Worchester Place, in a neighborhood of single-family homes off Dickens Road.

Officers patrolling the area after a number of reported break-ins came upon two young men, one carrying a backpack.

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Site of officer-involved shooting

Site of officer-involved shooting

An officer repeatedly asked them to cooperate until one tried to pull a gun from his waist area, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

The officer opened fire, striking the gunman in the shoulder area, Smith said. No officers were injured.

The second suspect fled the area in a dark-colored SUV and remained at large Thursday evening, Smith said.

The injured man declined transport to a hospital and was evaluated and released by emergency personnel at the scene. He was cooperating with the investigation Thursday and will likely face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Smith said.

Smith said police recovered and confiscated the gun the man attempted to pull.

Police said there had been 33 burglaries in a one-mile radius of the intersection in question since the start of August.

“Most residential burglaries occur during business hours, while residents are at work and school,” Smith said.

“The officer was on the lookout for suspicious persons and potential burglars.”