Man allegedly trying to steal police car shot and killed by officers in Lawrenceville

A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting after investigators say he tried to steal a police cruiser in Lawrenceville.
Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 6:28 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2023 at 3:48 PM EDT
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - An investigation is underway into a deadly shooting involving an officer early Tuesday morning in Gwinnett County.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s preliminary findings, Lawrenceville Police Department officers were conducting a traffic stop on Highway 120 near Pike Park Drive around 3 a.m. when the driver of a black Kia Sorento sped past them and then made a U-turn and drove back towards them. The driver got out of his car and attempted to steal the officers’ police cruiser.

The officers commanded the driver to comply and ultimately shot and killed the man, according to GBI’s report. The man who died has been identified as John Michael Cicalo Jr., 33.

The GBI investigation is active and ongoing.

Police say West Pike Street will be closed from Old Norcross Road to Langley Drive for an unknown period of time. Drivers should avoid the area.