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Cornered in Stone Mountain, outlaw killed by police

Christopher Kenney

Christopher Kenney

STONE MOUNTAIN — When Gwinnett police finally cornered Christopher Kenney near Stone Mountain on Monday morning, the 24-year-old fugitive was determined to put up a fight, officials said.

His actions endangered the lives of several police officers and cost Kenney his own, police said.

Acting on a tip, officers responded to an Old Tucker Road home occupied by some of Kenney’s relatives, where they found the suspect about 9:30 a.m. in a large green truck, parked on a dirt driveway. The 10 officers on scene used police vehicles to block the truck in.

When Kenney realized police were there, he threw the truck in reverse. Officers smashed the driver’s side window and Tased Kenney multiple times as he rammed two police vehicles, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

“Multiple officers were nearly run over by the suspect,” Smith said.

When the Tasers were not effective in stopping or incapacitating Kenney, Smith said officers shot and killed him. No officers were seriously injured.

“At this time I don’t have any information ... on how many officers fired their weapons, how many rounds were fired, how many times the suspect was hit, or where he was hit,” Smith said Monday afternoon.

The officers who fired their weapons will be placed on standard administrative leave, per department policy. The department’s deadly force investigation team is handling an internal probe.

Smith said two police cruisers on scene were “severely damaged” and had to be towed away.

Kenney was thought to be violent and armed.

Responding officers were privy to a police report filed Saturday by someone who claimed Kenney had threatened and pointed a pistol at another person with whom he’d had an ongoing disagreement, Smith said.

Kenney had several outstanding warrants, was on probation and was the primary suspect in multiple burglary and theft-of-motor-vehicle cases. Officers in Gwinnett’s South Precinct, which encompasses the southern quarter of the county, had tried to arrest Kenney multiple times, Smith said.

“Kenney twice fled from police in a stolen, silver Honda Ridgeline in the days leading up to this incident,” Smith said.

Gwinnett County Jail records show Kenney had been incarcerated off and on since 2007. He was released from prison in October after being arrested in April 2010 and pleading guilty to burglary and theft charges in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Police determined the truck that Kenney drove Monday had been stolen from Conyers. Kenney’s last address is listed in jail records as Snellville, though where he’d been living is unknown.

“We don’t have a good, firm address on him,” Smith said.