Suspect shot in incident involving Gwinnett County officer

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An officer-involved shooting is under investigation after an incident started in Gwinnett County, with officers following a suspect into Hall County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Police say that the suspect was shot in the chest/abdomen area and was transported to a hospital. His condition is unknown.

The incident occurred near Friendship Road and Highway 211. According to Gwinnett Police, the officer recognized a wanted person near Hamilton Mill Road, and when attempting to stop their vehicle, the driver fled.

The officer began pursuing the suspect driving a purple Ford Escort.  During the pursuit, the suspect pointed a gun outside the window and began firing in the direction of the officer, according to police.

The pursuit eventually ended up on Friendship Road approaching Highway 211 in the city of Braselton.  The suspect was traveling on the opposite side of the road toward oncoming traffic.

Noticing that a major intersection was up ahead, one of the officers performed a PIT Maneuver a couple hundred yards prior to Highway 211, according to authorities.

The suspect’s vehicle spun around and the suspect pulled out a gun, police said. One officer recognized the deadly threat and fired at the suspect through his own driver’s side window, according to officials.

The suspect suffered two injuries, one to his jaw, and the other to his hand, according to authorities. It is unknown if the officer struck the suspect with his discharged round or if the suspect injured himself, according to police.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.