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