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Officer resigns after being charged in hit-and-run in Gwinnett County

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A Gwinnett County officer resigned Sunday after he was charged in a hit and run, officials announced Monday.

Ryan Head, who had been with the department for five years, was arrested by fellow officers from his department Saturday, according to the Gwinnett County police.

Head was a passenger in the at-fault vehicle during the hit-and-run, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. A witness followed the fleeing vehicle into a cul-de-sac, blocked it in and called police, he said.

Others said they watched as Head exited the vehicle, allegedly produced a handgun and tapped on the witness’s window with it, Smith said. He said there was no physical confrontation, no shots fired, and the weapon was not pointed directly at any person.

Officers arrived and took Head into custody, Smith said. He was verbally belligerent to responding officers, but he did not physically resist arrest, the spokesman said. Head was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center for simple assault and disorderly conduct, Smith said. He has since been released on bond.

On Sunday Head was served with a letter, noting the department’s intention to terminate his employment, Smith said. He resigned in lieu of termination, the spokesman said.

Police did not release any detail on the hit-and-run or who was driving. Still, the investigation into this incident is ongoing, police said. The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council will be notified of this arrest and the results of the investigation.

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