The suspect of an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night at a local Wendy’s has died, Lawrenceville police said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which was called in to investigate the incident, identified the suspect as Albert Lee Hughes, 47, on Thursday.
The officer who shot Hughes was treated and released from a local hospital for minor injuries sustained in a scuffle prior to the shooting, the GBI stated.
The officer’s identity has not been released.
The incident occurred at the Wendy’s located at 165 Scenic Highway near downtown Lawrenceville. GBI is investigating the incident to determine whether the police officer acted lawfully.
Lawrenceville Police Lt. Jake Parker said two officers responded to the scene Wednesday around 5:21 p.m. after an employee of the restaurant called and reported a man, now identified as Hughes, had entered the restaurant and started drinking a beer in the dining area.
When officers spoke to Hughes, the situation escalated into a physical fight, Parker said. He added that the officer was struck multiple times with a chair and fists.
The GBI stated Hughes continued to attack the officer, causing the officer to fall to the floor. The officer then discharged his Taser in an attempt to stop the attack, but the Taser was not effective.
Hughes, the GBI stated, continued to attack the officer with the chair while the officer was on the ground, which is when the officer shot him.
“I don’t know how many times (he was shot),” Parker said Wednesday. “He was shot in the chest. That’s all I know.”
Hughes was then transported to Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, where he later died, Parker said.
Parker said Hughes was given a criminal trespass warning the night before the shooting and was advised not to return to the restaurant.
No one else was injured during the shooting, Parker said.
“I do not know about charges at the moment,” he said Thursday morning. “Although the suspect is now deceased, in some cases charges are made regardless but I haven’t been advised on these yet.”
No other details were immediately available, including how many people were inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation of the officer-involved shooting. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be turned over the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office for review.
A GBI spokesperson said this is the third officer-involved shooting in the state that the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2020.
On Friday, the Lawrenceville Police Department issued a statement on the fatal shooting.
"We regret that this unfortunate situation occurred and ended tragically," it read. "These incidents are rare for our department as this is only the third officer involved use of lethal force in over twenty years. We will continue to provide professional service to our community to keep our residents safe."