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Update: Stabbing suspect killed in confrontation with officers identified

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A stabbing suspect who was shot to death during a confrontation with Gwinnett County was identified Monday. But it’s still unclear what prompted the attack and police have not yet identified the victim.

An officer was also shot during the confrontation and transported to the hospital where he was treated and released, according to Gwinnett County police.

Police said Mr. Robert Coleman, 30, of Flowery Branch, allegedly stabbed someone and then broke into another person’s home Sunday near Lawrenceville.

At 4:06 p.m., officers responded to 3668 Willow Wood Way in Lawrenceville after getting a 911 call about the stabbing. But when they arrived there was no victim or suspect at the scene, police said.

Four minutes later officers received a call about a burglary in progress at 3849 Smokemist Trace and responded to the home about three blocks away from the scene of the stabbing, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.

The suspect had fled the scene and ended up at Smokemist Trace home where officers found the front door was kicked in.

“During a check of the residence, shots were fired,” police said. “As a result, one male died and one officer was shot in the leg.”

A short time later, the stabbing victim returned to the Willow Wood Way home and was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The injured officer was released from the hospital Sunday night, but will require further medical treatment before he is able to return to duty.

The second officer searching the residence was not injured. Both officers fired shots during the incident and have been placed on administrative leave per department policy, Cpl. Smith said.

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