An officer shot and killed an alleged bank robber who police said repeatedly struck the officer with a blunt object while he was on the ground Monday morning in Lawrenceville.
The 25-year-old suspect, John Schneider, was shot multiple times and died at the scene, according to the Gwinnett County police. So far, they have not released the name of the officer who was transported to the Gwinnett Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The incident unfolded shortly after 9 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank at 3065 Lawrenceville Hwy., police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said. Officers responded to the scene after receiving a call regarding the armed robbery at the bank, Ritter said.
Witnesses told the first responding officer that a man robbed the bank with a gun and was last seen running across Lawrenceville Highway toward Bethesda Church Road with an undisclosed amount of money, Ritter said.
Other officers began searching the immediate area and a few minutes later, an officer located a man who matched the description of the robbery suspect behind Bethesda Methodist Church, about two blocks away from Wells Fargo Bank, Ritter said.
“The officer challenged the suspect to show him his hands,” Ritter said. But the suspect refused and allegedly charged at the officer, striking him in the head with a blunt object.
“The officer fell to the ground as the suspect continued to hit him with this object,” Ritter said. “The officer was able to un-holster his firearm and fired several rounds at the suspect. The suspect was hit multiple times and died on scene after being shot by the officer.”
The suspect alleged used an “Airsoft” gun to strike the officer, Ritter said. The gun, identical to a long barrel revolver, is believed to be the same gun used in the armed robbery, the spokesman said.
Along with the gun, police also recovered the money taken from the bank at the scene of the shooting, Ritter said. The officer was treated for deep cut to his head, Ritter said.