Shooting suspect dies from SWAT standoff injuries

Shuaib Zaid Omar

Shuaib Zaid Omar

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The man accused of killing his girlfriend and shooting a neighbor in Auburn Monday afternoon eventually died after shooting himself during the subsequent SWAT standoff in Suwanee, authorities said Tuesday.

Shuaib Zaid Omar, 29, opened fire about 12:30 p.m. Monday at his apartment on Parks Mill Road in Auburn. His girlfriend, also believed to live at the residence, was shot and killed.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Nadeau identified the woman Tuesday as 36-year-old Betty Murray Maddox. A second victim, neighbor Monica Anne Long, 32, was wounded but was in stable condition Tuesday at Gwinnett Medical Center, Nadeau said.

After the shooting, Omar fled to a family home on Scales Road in Suwanee. By the time Suwanee police and Gwinnett County SWAT team members arrived on scene, he was already outside the home with a gun to his head.

After about 90 minutes of negotiation, Omar pulled the trigger. Officials believed him to be dead at the scene but that wasn't the case, at least initially.

"They did find a faint pulse when he got to (Gwinnett Medical Center)," Suwanee police spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said Monday night, noting, however, that Omar was "in pretty bad shape."

That proved to be prophetic. Nadeau, the Auburn police chief, said Omar passed away just after midnight Tuesday morning.

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