USA – One killed in officer-involved shooting in Buford, Georgia [after taser failed to incapacitate him] (2012-12-05)

Published on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A case that raises serious questions about taser reliability, even if used “appropriately” … Police were called after several men were allegedly smoking marijuana in a parking lot. One man, police said, pointed a gun at his own head when they were frisking him. He was tasered, but this didn’t stop the man – “It was not successful in actually incapacitating him and the suspect pulled the prongs out.” So he was shot and killed by a gun. ]]

FOX 5, by Justin Gray

BUFORD, Georgia

Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one person dead in Buford on Tuesday.

Gwinnett County police told FOX 5’s Justin Gray that they were originally called to an apartment complex on North Alexander Street after several men were allegedly smoking marijuana in the parking lot.

When officers arrived, they began frisking several men. Authorities said that one of the men pulled out a gun and pointed it at his own head. At that point, an officer fired a Taser at the man, according to Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department. The Taser shot did not stop the man, according to police.

“It was not successful in actually incapacitating him and the suspect pulled the prongs out. Right after he pulled the prongs out, he pointed the gun at the officers. Three officers fired and the suspect was struck and killed,” Smith said.

Police identified the suspect who was shot by police as 20-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gonzalez of Buford.

Some of the other men in the parking lot were taken into police custody for questioning.

The officers involved have been placed on paid routine administrative leave pending investigation of the shooting.

The Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating the case, according to Gwinnett County police.

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/20262543/gwinnett-police-investigate-officer-involved-shooting

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