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Several shots fired at officer during traffic stop in Gwinnett County

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An officer attempting to stop a speeding car was shot at several times Sunday night in Gwinnett County. And police said they have arrested the driver who was apprehended in a traffic stop nearby, but it’s unclear if he’s the shooter.

The officer, who is a veteran within the police department, was not injured in the incident, which happened around 10:20 p.m. in the area of Dawson Boulevard and Graves Road, according to Gwinnett County police. The officer was on patrol when he saw a dark-colored sedan traveling at a high rate of speed, spokesman Sgt. Troy Tobler said.

“The officer caught up to the vehicle, activated his blue lights and initiated a traffic stop for the excessive speed,” Tobler said in a news release Monday. “An occupant of the vehicle fired what the officer believed to shots before three to five more shots were fired and the officer saw muzzle flashes to match the ‘popping’ sounds.”

The vehicle refused to pull over and the officer subsequently lost contact with the car, Tobler said. But a few minutes later another officer made stopped the possible suspect’s vehicle near Sienna Heights Apartments on Graves Road, Tobler said. The driver of that vehicle was arrested on traffic charges, but it is still unclear if the vehicle was involved in the earlier shooting.

So far, police have not released the driver’s name or the charges filed against him. Still, police said the investigation is ongoing. Detectives late found shell casings in the area of the original traffic stop attempt, the spokesman said.