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Passenger shoots at officer during attempted traffic stop

Gwinnett County police are actively searching for the passenger who shot at an officer during an attempted traffic stop.

Police said an officer on patrol Sunday night in the area of Dawson Boulevard and Graves Road in Norcross observed a dark-colored sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. According to police, the officer caught up to the vehicle, activated his blue lights and initiated a traffic stop for the excessive speed.

Police say an occupant of the vehicle fired what the officer believed to be gunshots before 3 to 5 more shots were fired. At this time, the officer saw “muzzle flashes” to match the “popping” sounds.

The vehicle refused to pull over and the officer subsequently lost contact with the car.

Minutes later, police say a different officer made contact with a possible suspect vehicle near Sienna Heights Apartments on Graves Road. The driver of that vehicle was arrested on traffic charges, but it is still unclear if that vehicle was involved in the earlier shooting.

Detectives are actively working the case. The involved officer, a veteran with several years of experience, was not harmed in the incident nor were any citizens, police said.

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