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Cops: Suspect shot, killed by Gwinnett County police was not armed

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The suspect shot and killed by police in Gwinnett County over the weekend was unarmed, officials said Wednesday.

And the officer who was injured in the confrontation was shot in the leg by “friendly fire,” according to Gwinnett County police.

Officers shot and killed Mr. Robert Coleman Saturday afternoon after responding to reports of a stabbing at one home and a burglary about three blocks away near Lawrenceville.

When officers arrived at the first home 3668 Willow Wood Way where the stabbing reported occurred, they found no victim and no suspect.

But they did find the knife they believe was used to stab the victim, Cpl. Smith said Wednesday.

A few minutes later the officers got a report of a burglary nearby and followed the 30-year-old suspect to 3849 Smokemist Trace where they found the front door kicked open, according to police.

“The investigation revealed that Coleman charged and physically attacked the primary officer searching the home,” Cpl. Smith said. “The primary officer was knocked to the ground during the attack. The primary officer fired shots at Coleman, fearing for his life. The secondary officer also fired shots at Coleman, fearing for the life of the primary officer.”

Mr. Coleman was struck and died at the scene, he said. One of the officers was also shot.

“Although the primary officer’s injury is considered “friendly fire”, it is unknown which officer fired that particular shot,” Cpl. Smith said.

Police did not find any other weapon at the scene of the shooting.

The injured officer was treated and released from a nearby hospital the night of the shooting, but will require further treatment before he can return to duty, Cpl. Smith said.

Both officers remain on administrative leave while the Gwinnett police Deadly Force Investigation Team continues to investigate the incident, police said.

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