GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County police are investigating an officer-involved incident Wednesday morning that resulted in a suspect being killed and an officer being injured.
Police said two officers were called to the Sweetwater apartments in Lawrenceville due to a suspicious vehicle around 1 a.m. When they approached the vehicle, two men and a woman, identified as 27-year-old Shena Penrose, jumped out and ran away. One officer chased and apprehended Penrose, while the other chased the two men, police said.
The officer who apprehended Penrose returned to the area of the car to find the other officer on the ground with one of the men, identified as 22-year-old Marcus Garner, standing over the officer with the officer's gun, police said.
Police said shots were fired and Garner was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center.
The officer was released from a hospital after he was treated for a head injury.
Friends of Garner gathered at the site of the shooting and denied police reports.
“I saw a lot of police officers come from over here and they had their guns and stuff,” said resident Will Cosby.
Bullet holes could be seen in the side of a building near where Garner fell.
“They said he took the officer’s gun and was pointing it at the officer. How could my dog get the gun? He's short, he's real short, you know what I'm saying? How could he knock a big police out? That's tall,” Cosby said.
Officers have called off the search for the second man, but officers are still patrolling the area. Both Penrose and Garner had outstanding warrants. The officers involved will be on leave for a few days during the investigation.
The injured officer had scrapes and bruises to his head. He's been released from the hospital. He will speak with internal affairs investigators Wednesday night.
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