The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting that killed a Buford man near Sugar Hill early Thursday morning.

Just before 4 a.m., Gwinnett police received a call from an unknown person saying that a man, later identified as 27-year-old Steven Hutchins, was walking along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard with a gun.

Officers arrived within minutes and confronted the suspect in front of a laundromat in the strip shopping center just north of Buford Drive.

“They could see that (Hutchins) had a weapon in his waistband,” said Gwinnett Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera. “The officers tried talking to (him) and at one point, (he) pulled the gun out of his waistband and began to raise it at the officers. One of the officers fired at the man, striking him.”

Pihera said one of the responding officers was a SWAT medic who immediately began to render aid on Hutchins while waiting for Gwinnett County Fire Department personnel to arrive.

They later determined that he was dead.

According to Pihera, Hutchins recently lived at a home on Gold Creek Trail, a short walking distance from the incident location, which Gwinnett police had responded to on Monday in reference to a suicide attempt call.

A transcript of the call shows that the individual — it was not immediately clear if it was Hutchins who called or another party — refused all medical treatment, Pihera said.

She added that Hutchins had made a police report about a theft involving his roommate in September.

Per standard protocol, the GBI was contacted to conduct an external investigation of Thursday’s incident. The GBI investigates all officer-involved shootings, a procedure that has been in place since April 2015.

Pihera said there is a surveillance camera mounted on the exterior of the building near where the shooting took place, though it is unclear if the event was captured on film.

Officers have notified Hutchins’ next-of-kin, who live in Illinois.

The northbound lanes of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard were closed for several hours Thursday morning while officers investigated.

Further information will be released by the GBI pending an outcome of the investigation.

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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