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Man shot, killed by officer responding to domestic dispute

Officers were dispatched at about 11 p.m. to a domestic dispute at Victor Charles Le’s 3850 Southgate Drive residence near Lilburn.

Officers were dispatched at about 11 p.m. to a domestic dispute at Victor Charles Le’s 3850 Southgate Drive residence near Lilburn.

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Officers were dispatched at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 12 to a domestic dispute at Victor Charles Le’s 3850 Southgate Drive residence near Lilburn, located in a neighborhood off Tom Smith Road. Le reportedly ignored commands to drop a weapon, so an officer fired a single fatal shot. (File Photo)

LILBURN — A Gwinnett police officer fatally shot a 20-year-old Lilburn man who aimed a BB gun at police outside his home Wednesday night, officials said.

Police identified the dead man as Victor Charles Le. The officer was not immediately identified.

Officers were dispatched at about 11 p.m. to a domestic dispute at Le’s 3850 Southgate Drive residence near Lilburn, located in a cul-de-sac of large homes and manicured lawns that branches off Tom Smith Road.

A 911 caller reported that “a male was armed with a gun and was threatening to commit a robbery,” said Gwinnett police spokesman Detective J.R. Flanagan.

As the first officer approached the residence, he was met by Le, who was standing in the driveway armed with what appeared to be a handgun, Flanagan said.

“The officer drew his handgun and gave verbal commands to Le to drop his weapon,” he said. “Le ignored the commands and walked toward the officer with the gun pointed in his direction.”

Flanagan said the officer fired one round in response to the threat, striking Le in the chest. He died at the scene.

The officer involved has been placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, Flanagan said. A photo of the BB gun Le was allegedly holding at the time was released to media Thursday morning.

Police have not said who called 911, or why Le was allegedly threatening to commit a robbery. A man at the home where Le died declined comment Thursday.

“Because this is still under investigation, there are aspects of this case that we cannot discuss yet,” Flanagan said.

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Karl 2 years, 2 months ago

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pcjohn 2 years, 2 months ago

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roaads1 2 years, 2 months ago

PC-Really? You think you can tell the difference between a real gun and a bb gun in a stressful situation? No police officer wants to use their gun to settle a situation. None. The officer is trained if a subject has a gun and won't put it down they are to shoot. That's a good rule to follow. They just want to go home at the end of their shift.

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pcjohn 2 years, 2 months ago

Then they are poorly trained. They should use lethal force only when it is clear that the other person is determined to possess a lethal weapon and intends to use it - NOT because the individual does not obey a "command". In this case the man did not "pull" a weapon, he had it in his hand when he exited the house. The cop probably was shielded by the door of his vehicle and was in minimal danger. He decided to shoot for a reason only he knows and I suspect was fear. And he had nothing to lose by shooting first since he would win an extra paid vacation, wouldn't he?

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Kat 2 years, 2 months ago

I believe pcjohn is referring to the the Gwinnett police officer being put on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. For some reason he believes all police officers and agencies are corrupt. At least that is the tone of his posts.

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JCJB 2 years, 2 months ago

most of them are, but I think not in this case

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rextim 2 years, 2 months ago

Most of them are thugs? You must find yourself on the wrong side of the county jail a lot.

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Kat 2 years, 2 months ago

It may seem that way because the media generally reports on cops gone bad. There have been some in the news recently, brand new and a veteran officer. However the hundreds of other officers out there going above and beyond every day are not headline makers. Watch Jail or Cops on TV and you'll get a pretty good idea of what LE deals with all the time. Drunks, drugs, domestic violence, highly agitated, mentally unstable people. The list can go on and on. Think about the whole picture before criticizing all for the actions of a few.

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Don 2 years, 2 months ago

Pull a gun or any reasonably similar item and you deserve to be shot by any law enforcement officer or even a private citizen.

I find that most people who have issues with law enforcement are ones that have been in trouble prior with them!

We need to respect our public servants!

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pcjohn 2 years, 2 months ago

And maybe we will when they begin to act like public servants rather than our lords and masters and exempting one another for breaching the same laws they hold us to obey.

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BuzzG 2 years, 2 months ago

If I were the police officer and some guy pulled a gun on me, I would not stop to identify the caliber. In a fraction of a second I could very well be dead. I would react quickly just as this officer did. We expect a lot from our police officers and pay them little. As sad as this is, the officer did what just about any rational person would do.

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