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Cops shoot, kill man wanted in Forsyth after chase

Police brief the media following an incident in which a man wanted in Forsyth was shot dead by police.


Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan

Gwinnett County Police Officers points to something after responding to the location of a wanted person located at Pass Court in Buford on Monday. The wanted person was Rodney Pike, 38, who used his SUV as a weapon and died on the scene due to shots fired by the officers who initially responded.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Police Officers points to something after responding to the location of a wanted person located at Pass Court in Buford on Monday. The wanted person was Rodney Pike, 38, who used his SUV as a weapon and died on the scene due to shots fired by the officers who initially responded.

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Officer-involved shooting in Buford

Police brief the media following an incident in which a man wanted in Forsyth was shot dead by police.

Police brief the media following an incident in which a man wanted in Forsyth was shot dead by police.

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Rodney Pike

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Crime Scene Investigator Ashley Pizzuto walks under the caution tape while responding to a call of a wanted person located at Pass Court in Buford on Monday. The wanted person was Rodney Pike, 38, who used his SUV as a weapon and died on the scene due to shots fired by the responding officers.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Crime Scene Investigator Ashley Pizzuto carries evidence while responding to a call of a wanted person located at Pass Court in Buford on Monday. The wanted person was Rodney Pike, 38, who used his SUV as a weapon and died on the scene due to shots fired by the responding officers.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan A unidentified woman who appeared to know Rodney Pike reacts to the news of his death in Buford on Monday. Rodney Pike, 38, used his SUV as a weapon and died on the scene due to shots fired by officers responding to a call of a man wanted in Forsyth County.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Police Officer D.R. Pauly surveys the intersection of located at Pass Court and Craig Drive N.E. in Buford on Monday. Officers responded to the whereabouts of wanted person Rodney Pike, 38, who used his SUV as a weapon and died on the scene due to shots fired by the responding officers.

BUFORD — A man wanted in Forsyth County tried unsuccessfully to flee from Gwinnett County police on Monday afternoon, which resulted in his death.

Rodney Pike, 38, of Buford, was found after an unidentified person called police at 3:39 p.m. to 5307 Pass Court. The caller told police that Pike, “has run from police in the past, and he would likely run if he saw officers today,” Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Pike, who is from the Buford area, was believed to be doing contract work on a family member’s house, Smith said.

So the police organized a group of about four or five officers, Smith said, and approached Pike at about 4 p.m., when he ran to a blue SUV and ignored officers’ commands.

The officers’ use of a Taser was unsuccessful, and after Pike got in the SUV, and the vehicle moved, he struck an officer in the leg.

“As he went forward, two officers made the decision to fire their weapons with the suspect behind the wheel and he was struck,” Smith said.

Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, Smith said. Pike was not armed during the incident.

The officer struck by the SUV was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Smith said.

Because the investigation is active, Smith said he could not release information about how the caller knew Pike was wanted by police.

The officers who fired their weapons would be on a standard procedure of at least three days of administrative leave, which could be extended, if necessary, Smith said.

Pike was wanted in Forsyth for a felony probation violation and two charges of failure to appear in Superior Court, according to the Forsyth Sheriff’s web site. He was also on Forsyth’s “most wanted” list.

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CD 1 year, 3 months ago

Why not include in the story what his outstanding warrants were for? Answer: Failure to appear and probation violations. Witnesses indicate shots fired by officers before the officer was struck by suspect's vehicle. Evidently the suspect was not armed.

GCPD may have some thin rope to walk.

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Wyoming1 1 year, 3 months ago

Great news, one less scumbag criminal to clog up the legal system. g.c.p.d great job saved me and other taxpayers lots of money. Thank you.

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ssisk78 1 year, 3 months ago

Too many trigger happy cops on the force, Shoot first then ask questions. There was no reason to kill a man that was probably wanted on a probation violation. This is uncalled for and the officers need to be held accountable.

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tiredofthebull 1 year, 3 months ago

Who cares what he was wanted for? He's a criminal who tried to run. Had he not been running he would not have gotten shot!

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Kat 1 year, 3 months ago

He should have obeyed the command to stop.

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Haughton 1 year, 3 months ago

Law enforcement is briefed on the criminal history, etc. of the suspect before they arrive on scene. The media attempts to give us the story and we the public make a judgement call and voice our opinion. I support Law Enforcement over a suspected Felon.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/1-dead-in-officer-involved-shooting/nXqHk/

Every case is different and police can make grave errors, but I challenge those that always support the criminal to look deep inside their souls and ask why? If you always jump to conclussion and take side against police without knowing every fact, then our conclussion as readers is that you identify yourself as a criminal.

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notblind 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm surprised that commenting is enabled. Of course it is a white guy dead so no tender feelings to protect.:rolleyes:

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kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

I am sure that if you were in the street and were "carrying" and some idiot tried to run over you or your kids and actually hit one, you would surely pull your weapon and fire.

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DonPedro_SanGomez_de_Martinez 1 year, 3 months ago

I have no sympathy for those that run from the police. They put themselves, the officers, and innocent people in peril.

It’s so simple to me. The police say stop, you stop and live. If you don’t stop you deserve what may come – in this case death. Whether the public or a police investigation later think it is justified or not, you are still dead.

Lesson to be learned: Police say stop – you stop and live, zero chance of dying. Run and that individual choice you make may end your life, regardless of how big or small your original offense may have been.

The second this man decided to run he lost all sympathy from me. Sorry to his family, but he made a poor decision.

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HonestIngine 1 year, 3 months ago

Keep in mind, the police are trigger happy here in Gwinnett... Second, it was the police who said he was running away. Third, it was the police who said he ran over an officer. Fourth, the man was unarmed and not a threat to kill anyone. Fifth, the cops know how to shoot their weapons to where he would NOT HAVE BEEN KILLED. Sixth, if it looks like a Police cover up, smells like a Police cover up,..guess what....its a police coverup.

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ntstar4 1 year, 3 months ago

unarmed, an automobile is a deadly weapon when use against anyone. They know how to shoot their weapons, that is why the perp is dead. I don't believe any police officer wants to shoot but they also want to go home to their family just as you would.

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legitfox 1 year, 3 months ago

The only thing I smell is bacon and eggs for breakfast, honestingine. My understanding of the incident from the article and news was the felon, a known meth addict/possible trafficker who has been known to carry weapons and drugs, was wanted for a warrant that may or may not have been relayed as violent tendencies. The officers gave chase on foot, attempted to end the chase and catch the felon with a taser device and then, after the felon got in a 4000 pound car and escalated the encounter, they were forced to draw and fire their weapons.

Don't see where there may be anything covered up there...

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DonPedro_SanGomez_de_Martinez 1 year, 3 months ago

You trigger happy people make me laugh. Hesitate and you, your fellow officers, or an innocent bystander could be killed. Try that out for a job and get back to me. Officers are highly trained for these situations and know if they pull the trigger they will be off the job for a minimum of 3 days and be faced with an investigation. Yeah, let’s just shoot around like crazy and worry about our careers and way of supporting our families later. Give me a break!

This county is full of filth. Those that always defend the criminal and jump to outrageous conspiracy conclusion about the police are a part of the problem. Think about it.

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SurelyNot 1 year, 3 months ago

I am behind our police and think they have a job that few of us is capable of doing really well. They are essential in our world...more than ever. Just a thought here: maybe having fewer patrol cars on Ronald Reagan EVERY day giving out "bearly" speeding tickets, they could do something about the meth labs and thugs that threaten our county. Just a thought....Only those who travel RR regularly know what I am talking about. Between the Duluth police and the GC police on RR, the revenues must be waaaayyyy up. I guess taking people to court and imprisoning them must be really, really costly.

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ngwinnett 1 year, 3 months ago

I believe that everyone, including the police officers involved, would have preferred that this had come to a more peaceful conclusion. It is always best for any humane society to have a criminal's fate decided in a court with the ultimate decision of guilt/innocence decided by a jury of peers. Unfortunately, Mr. Pike made a very bad decision. He struck one officer and tried to run over other officers in his attempt to flee with the full knowledge that he was wanted for outstanding crimes. Mr. Pike, and only Mr. Pike, is responsible for his behavior and poor decisions.

Honest Ingine, where did you get your information that substantiates any claims that the police department is "trigger happy?" Also, your statement that Mr. Pike was unarmed is false as well. He utilized the vehicle and was able to injure an officer in his attempt to flee. I would suggest that you use the search capability of your computer and you will find that police officers are murdered every year by vehicle assaults. Lastly, do a little research on shooting to wound and you will find that this idea is very unrealistic. I will not waste any further time on the subject as it is always rejected after any thoughtful research. Maybe your search and subsequent post will put this to rest once and for all.

Again, this is a tragedy that I believe everyone involved with wished would have ended more peacefully. To trivialize the incident and indict the officers without "facts" is disappointing.

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SurelyNot 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree with you 100%. Where is the evidence they are "trigger happy"? Time for all the nay sayers in these blogs to substantiate their claims.

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Kam 1 year, 3 months ago

My opinion, as well as everyone else's on here is worth about 2 cents, so here it goes. We can debate what happen on Monday until we are blue in the face. It ultimately comes down to the internal investigation that is taking place. If the police did something wrong, it will come out in the investigation. And all of the findings will be made available to the family.

Mr. Pike was not perfect, no one is. He has struggled with addiction on and off for years as any addict does. His mom wanted him to get help, that was her ultimate goal with the phone call. The half hearted laughter you hear in the phone call was a nervous laugh, because this was one of the hardest calls she ever had to make.

Right now, the three children left behind are the most important regardless of everyone's feelings. They are precious and did not ask for any of this. So please keep in mind there is always more to the story than what you read or see on the news.

Again that is just my 2 cents.

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