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.
Officer-involved shooting in Buford
Police brief the media following an incident in which a man wanted in Forsyth was shot dead by police.
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.