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Suspect killed, officer wounded on call about suspicious vehicle in Gwinnett

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A 22-year-old suspect was shot to death and an officer wounded when a call about a suspicious vehicle led to a confrontation early Wednesday morning in Gwinnett County.

Mr. Marcus Garner died at the hospital of gunshot wounds, according to Gwinnett County police.

A 27-year-old woman, later identified as Ms. Shena Penrose, was also taken into custody and another unidentified man is on the run in the incident that happened at the Lake Sweetwater Apartments, police spokesman Sgt. Brian Doan said.

The call came in at 12:55 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle with three people inside that had been at the location for about an hour, Sgt. Doan said.

Six minutes later officers arrived at the complex at 3100 Sweetwater Road to find the vehicle along with the woman and two men, he said.

The two men ran and were immediately pursued by the first responding officer, Sgt. Doan said. The second officer took the female driver into custody.

About a minute later at 1:02 a.m., the second officer said he heard shots fired, Sgt. Doan said. At the same time, the first officer had stopped responding on his radio, he said.

The second officer secured the driver and joined in the chase of the two men.

“The second officer rounded the corner of a building in the complex and found one of the male suspects armed with a gun,” Sgt. Doan said. “The suspect was standing over the first officer who was lying injured on the ground. The second officer fired several shots, striking and disabling the suspect.”

The officer’s shots were fired at 1:03 a.m., the sergeant said.

The second officer checked the injured officer, who was unconscious and suffering from a head injury, Sgt. Doan said. He was able to determine that the wounded officer had not been shot, the spokesman said.

The injured officer and the suspect were transported by ambulance to a local hospital where the suspect died as a result of his gunshot wounds, Sgt. Doan said. It’s unclear how many times Mr. Garner was shot.

The injured officer, who has been with the department for nine years, has since regained consciousness and was treated and released, Sgt. Doan said.

Both he and the other officer, who has been with the department for four years, have been placed on administrative leave for three days in accordance with the department’s protocol, the sergeant said. Their names were being withheld until the preliminary investigation into the shooting is complete, Sgt. Doan said.

The suspect, Mr. Garner, had an outstanding warrant for probation violation at the time of the incident, Sgt. Doan said.

Ms. Penrose had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. She may face additional charges once the investigation is complete, Sgt. Doan said.

Police are still searching for the second man who fled the scene. Detectives do not believe he was involved in the attack on the officer, Sgt. Doan said.

So far, police have not said why the three were at the complex.

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