The 20-year-old man shot and killed by officers was holding a fully loaded gun and another was found at his feet, police said Wednesday.
They also said four Gwinnett County officers shot Mr. Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gonzalez, of Buford, and not three as was originally reported, after the man pointed a loaded .357 caliber revolver.
Officers responded to the apartments at 92 North Alexander St. in Buford late Tuesday night after getting a report of several people smoking marijuana, Cpl. Jake Smith said.
Responding officers were frisking several people in the parking lot when one man pulled away, Cpl. Smith said.
The first officer on scene reported being out with five individuals. Once Hernandez produced the handgun, a verbal exchange occurred, which lasted for approximately six minutes.
“During this time, Hernandez held the gun to his own head, and did not threaten officers or bystanders,” Cpl. Smith said.
Officers continuously ordered Mr. Hernandez to put down his weapon and the man repeatedly refused.
“Hernandez told officers that he would not put down the gun, and that they would have to shoot him,” Cpl. Smith said. “While other officers covered Hernandez with their guns, the first responding officer attempted to use his Taser.”
But one of the prongs from the Taser did not make solid contact with Mr. Hernandez, and so he was not incapacitated.
“Immediately following the unsuccessful tasing, Hernandez pointed his revolver toward officers,” Cpl. Smith said. “No shots were fired until that threat was directed at officers.
“A fourth officer also fired shots at the suspect during this incident.”
Investigators said Mr. Hernandez had a fully loaded .357 caliber revolver during this incident. A fully loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was also found at Mr. Hernandez’ feet and several small baggies of marijuana were found in his pockets.
No one else was injured, Cpl. Smith said. The names of the four officers involved were not released and they have been placed on administrative leave, which is routine following an officer-involved shooting.
The Gwinnett police Deadly Force Investigation Team, which includes representatives from the county’s District Attorney and Medical Examiner’s offices, are reviewing the case, Cpl. Smith said.
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