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Police shoot, kill home invasion suspect

Police brief the media following an incident in which a robbery suspect was shot dead by police.


Members of the Gwinnett County Police Crime Scene Investigation unit work the scene of an officer-involved shooting at the Woodland Ridge Apartments in Norcross April 22, 2013. (File Photo)

Members of the Gwinnett County Police Crime Scene Investigation unit work the scene of an officer-involved shooting at the Woodland Ridge Apartments in Norcross April 22, 2013. (File Photo)

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Officer-involved shooting

Police brief the media following an incident in which a robbery suspect was shot dead by police.

Police brief the media following an incident in which a robbery suspect was shot dead by police.

NORCROSS — An Atlanta man who allegedly broke into a Norcross apartment early Monday morning was armed with a tire iron and within feet of a police officer when he was shot in the chest.

The home invasion happened at about 7:30 a.m. when two children, ages 12 and 13, waited by themselves for someone to pick them up for school. The suspect, Eric Andrews, 24, knocked on the front door, and the children looked through the peephole, but refused to answer because they didn’t recognize Andrews, Gwinnett Police Cpl. Ed Ritter said.

The incident at Woodland Ridge Apartments at 301 Tree Trail Parkway was reported by a neighbor, who welcomed the children and called police after they escaped their apartment when Andrews went to the back door.

When a police officer arrived, Andrews confronted the officer holding a tire iron as Andrews left the apartment.

Ritter said the officer drew his weapon and gave, “several loud, verbal commands” for Andrews to stop and drop the tire iron, Ritter said.

Andrews advanced toward the officer as they went around the side of the apartment and the officer continued to command Andrews to drop the tire iron.

Eventually, Andrews got within a couple feet of the officer and, “raised the tire iron in an offensive manner toward the officer.”

With no other alternative, Ritter said, the officer shot Andrews once in the chest. Andrews then dropped the tire iron and ran, but collapsed after a short distance. Andrews later died at Gwinnett Medical Center. The officer was not injured.

Ritter said an investigation by the police department’s Deadly Force Team, the District Attorney’s Office and Crime Scene Unit continues.

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Woodland Ridge Apartments

Woodland Ridge Apartments

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kevin 1 year, 4 months ago

the police saved us from more future harm.

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2006scionxa 1 year, 4 months ago

Good job officer, you just saved the taxpayers a ton of money. This vermin would have committed more crimes in the future no doubt about it.

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mustardandbiscuit 1 year, 4 months ago

Sounds like a justified shoot to me... Take a few days off.

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kayak 1 year, 4 months ago

Another shining example of why my kid needs a 30 round clip!

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