Suspect on lam after officer-involved shooting

Chezare Angel Haynes

Chezare Angel Haynes

With the suspect involved still on the loose, authorities are investigating the Gwinnett County Police Department’s fifth officer-involved shooting of the year.

At about 7:40 p.m. Sunday, members of GCPD’s community response team attempted to serve a warrant at 4585 Midridge Drive in unincorporated Norcross. Their target: 25-year-old Chezare Haynes, already wanted on charges included two counts of felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, three counts of reckless driving, hit and run and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Haynes is also suspected in a residential burglary, police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

“As officers were attempting to make contact with Mr. Haynes, he fled the house in a vehicle,” Ritter said. “As Mr. Haynes fled from the house in the car, he drove over stop sticks and narrowly missed an officer. When this happened, officers shot at the vehicle, striking it several times.”

The number of shots fired and who fired them were under investigation, Ritter said.

Haynes drove off and escaped. His vehicle was later found abandoned at the Brentwood Down Apartments, about two miles away in unincorporated Lilburn. Haynes himself — who’s spent previous time at the Gwinnett County jail on charges including aggravated assault, armed robbery, theft and gang activity — remained on the loose as of Thursday afternoon.

Anyone withon informaition on his whereabouts is asked to call police at 770-513-5300.

Though it’s not believed that Haynes was struck during the shooting, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

GCPD’s deadly force investigation team, with members including reps from the district attorney’s office and office of professional standards, is looking into the incident. Ritter said he couldn’t confirm the exact statistics on Thursday, but it’s believed that Sunday’s events marked the department’s fifth officer-involved shooting in 2013.

That would be about par for the course, he said.

“We typically average five to seven per year,” Ritter said.