Update: The male subject has been identified as Robert Samuel Craig Lusk, age 18, of Stone Mountain.
Gwinnett County, GA (September 11, 2020) – On Thursday, September 10, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gwinnett County Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting in Norcross, GA.
Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 12:40 PM, the Gwinnett County Police Department was patrolling the parking lot of the In-town Suites located at 1990 Willow Trail Pkwy, Norcross, GA. An officer observed a man and a woman in the parking lot standing by a vehicle. The man and woman went into a room at the lodge before exiting the room. The officer ran the tag of the vehicle, and the results came back indicating the vehicle was stolen. The officer approached the man and woman about the stolen vehicle. They both ran from the parking lot in different directions. Gwinnett Police Department officers started a search of the area for the man and woman. K9 Blue assisted in the search.
The search spanned a large area and eventually K9 Blue detected a scent that led the officers back to the wooded area behind the lodge. K9 Blue was released toward the man. During the encounter, K9 Blue and the man were shot.
K9 Blue was transported to a veterinarian facility in Buford where he subsequently died from a gunshot wound. The man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. At this time, the man has not been identified. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2020.
The female involved has not been located.
No other officers were injured.
The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office for review.