Man involved in Gwinnett County SWAT standoff reportedly kidnapped child
Officials say after entering a Buford home, an individual was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound
BUFORD, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Gwinnett County officials have confirmed to Atlanta News First that the man involved in a standoff on Tuesday morning was located with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gwinnett County police officials say that SWAT responded to a home on Sycamore Summit NE in Buford early Tuesday morning. Upon arrival around 1:45 a.m., the individual was “armed with a rifle.” Officers closed the road and advised nearby residents to evacuate and around 4 a.m., gunfire was exchanged between the individual and officers.
Officials say the individual struck a SWAT robot and a nearby home. SWAT negotiators spent several hours trying to persuade the individual to surrender.
Around 9:45 a.m., officers entered the home and found the individual dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The individual has not been identified by officials at this time.
The man reportedly kidnapped a child late Monday night. He also reportedly attempted to kidnap a woman around 8:30 p.m. on the 3100 block of Buford Highway. Officers arrived and discovered a 10-year-old girl had gone missing.
Officers determined she had been kidnapped by the man after “canvassing the area.” The girl returned home around 10:15 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital.
It’s believed that the kidnapping was completely random.
A SWAT situation in Gwinnett County appears to have come to an end.
Officials say Brookhaven Police were serving a warrant at a home on Sycamore Summit NE in Buford on Tuesday morning when an adult male refused them. When SWAT from the Gwinnett Police Department arrived, the man started shooting. Police returned fire. It is unknown if the man was shot at this time, but he ran into the house and locked himself inside.
Other people who were inside the house were able to make it out safely, according to officials. Neighbors in the area were evacuated during the incident.
Brookhaven Police, Gwinnett Police, Georgia State Patrol and SWAT responded to the scene and Sycamore Road was shut down between EM Croy and Autumn Wood Trail during the incident.
The incident has come to an end but how it ended is unclear. Police say they will provide an update at a later time.
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