Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- The suspected shoplifter shot by a Lilburn police officer remained in critical condition Tuesday morning, officials said.
Now identified as 62-year-old Louis Richardson, the man allegedly attempted to steal a frozen pizza from the Lilburn Family Dollar store Monday afternoon when he was confronted by an officer. A struggle ensued, police said, and the officer deployed his Taser.
Richardson, though, reportedly snatched the Taser away, prompting the officer to shoot him in the chest and face. He was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center where he remained critical on Tuesday, Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley said.
"He is still in critical but stable condition and was in surgery this morning," Hedley said.
Richardson had "no known address," Hedley said. Gwinnett County jail records showed no previous criminal record, as did a Georgia Department of Corrections search.
Just before 2 p.m. Monday at the store at 5279 Lawrenceville Highway, Richardson reportedly put the frozen pizza under his shirt and was caught by employees. A responding officer asked employees if they wanted to prosecute and they said they did because they were "tired of him coming in multiple times," Hedley said.
The officer who shot Richardson -- a seven-year veteran of the force with an "excellent service record" -- was placed on paid administrative leave "for a few days." The preliminary investigation has authorities believing the use of force was justified, Hedley said.