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Murder suspect shoots himself during Suwanee SWAT standoff

Shuaib Zaid Omar

Shuaib Zaid Omar

SUWANEE -- A man accused of shooting two people in Auburn on Monday afternoon turned the gun on himself after a 90-minute standoff with Gwinnett authorities, police said.

Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said officers were called to apartments off Scales Road at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Barrow County authorities believed 29-year-old Shuaib Zaid Omar, a suspect in an earlier double shooting that left one woman dead, may have been at a family home there.

He was, Byers said, and was already on the lawn with a gun to his head.

"As our guys were en route to the location, he evidently went out into the yard and started threatening to commit suicide," Byers said.

Suwanee police called SWAT team members from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, who tried to talk the suspect down for about 90 minutes. Omar eventually shot himself.

Authorities initially believed him to be dead, but that was not the case.

"They did find a faint pulse when he got to (Gwinnett Medical Center)," Byers said, noting that Omar was "in pretty bad shape" Monday evening.

The suspect's mother and brother were at the Suwanee home but were not threatened, police said.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Nadeau said one of the two women Omar shot in the apparent domestic dispute in Auburn died after being taken to the nearby hospital. Nadeau said the other victim was in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center.

One of the victims was believed to be Omar's girlfriend.

— The Associated Press contributed to this article

Comments

Gundoctor1 2 years ago

I hope he lives so he can be executed like a dog. Isn't that what they do to a rabid animal these days? Sounds fitting to me!

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notblind 2 years ago

I would be fine with this if YOU would agree to cover all the perp's medical expenses and then all legal expenses involved in bringing this case to trial. Then when the guy got life in prison I would also want you to cover these costs as well.

Attitudes like yours are one of the reasons we spend way more than neceessary on the criminal element in our society.

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CD 2 years ago

It's good to know that the GCSD could be called upon to resolve the situation so that SPD could maintain traffic and revenue enhancement patrols. Nothing, especially dangerous situations that may threaten innocent citizens of the city, should inhibit revenue enhancement work.

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Andy2049 2 years ago

Wow that comment wasn't thought out very well. I’m sure that the SPD with its staff of fewer than 50 employees has a fully trained swat unit to respond to an armed person who already shot two people. Judging by your comment I can only guess that you think doing things like following traffic laws are beneath you. The same sophomoric faulty logic that you display in your post.

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Cleanupguy 2 years ago

Ever heard the saying about coming to a gunfight with a knife? Same deal here, the more appropriately equipped agency was called to handle the situation. The next time you need help, please call a hippie.

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CD 2 years ago

If I am in the postion to need help from SPD, then I'm already dead or at least able to handle the situation myself. The only interest the SPD has in the citizens is their collective checkbook.

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Cleanupguy 2 years ago

Andy2049 double ditto here. I'd suggest you either call a hippie for help or if you're a citizen of the city, blame YOURSELF for not having done anything to improve your lot (hint: griping won't do it).

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kevin 2 years ago

must have a hard head if he is still alive after this.

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CD 2 years ago

Agreed. Complaining won't deter the department's felonious behavior or lack of concern for the citizens. However, I do believe that shifting business away from retail establishments located within the city limit of Suwanee may prompt business owners to complain loudly enough so that greater emphasis is placed upon law enforcement vs. revenue enhancement.

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Cleanupguy 2 years ago

CD - Any and all such alleged "felonious behavior" should be referred to either Danny Porter or the Attorney General's Office (in fact if you are aware of such and have not duly reported it, you too are involved in it and can be held accountable), and the lack of concern is the responsibility of voters/citizens such as yourself.

On the first point, many years ago I in fact reported a specific issue (with photos and all) to the Atlanta FBI, and the next thing we saw on the news was the direct results of a major FBI/DEA/INS (at the time)/ATF sting operation, resulting in the indictments of 50 plus gang members, along with the Wayne Hill administration's tacit recognition that we actually had a serious problem. As to the latter above, we DID something, and didn't just gripe about it.

I recommend that you try the same on both counts.

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