Shooting In Gwinnett County – A multi-agency manhunt is underway after a Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office investigator was shot on Friday evening along Auburn Road in Dacula. Sgt. Michele Pihera of Gwinnett County Police said officers around metro Atlanta are seeking for a silver SUV with damage to the back passenger side.
It happened shortly after 6 p.m. near the intersection of Auburn and Old Fountain roads. The detectives were on their way to Dacula Road along Auburn Road when he was shot, said to Sgt. Pihera. The investigator radioed in that he had been shot after stopping at a nearby petrol station. It was unclear if the investigator retaliated. The DA investigator was brought to a local hospital for treatment of a leg gunshot wound. He is expected to survive.
The identity of the investigator has not been revealed. Following the incident, hundreds of officers converged on the scene. Gwinnett County Police responded with an aircraft team and K-9 units to the scene. Metro Atlanta law enforcement agencies were alerted to be on the lookout for the silver SUV. It is uncertain what occurred before to the shooting.
“In this particular case, we want to know what motivated the shooter.” “That’s crucial in this situation,” Sgt. Pihera added. “We’re going to approach it exactly like any other shoot.” The DA investigators, according to police, ride in unmarked SUVs, so there were no visible signs that he was law enforcement. “At this time, it does not appear that the investigators were assigned to any police-related investigation.” “He was just driving down the road when he was shot at by the shooter,” said Sgt. Pihera.
It is unclear whether this was a targeted shot, a road rage incident, or another occurrence. Officers questioned the investigator at the hospital, questioning him one by one to determine whether any surveillance footage of the incident or the vehicle had been recorded. It was also unclear whether the shooter was driving alone. The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office hires investigators to follow up on any leads after the police department turns over files for prosecution. Investigators are sworn law enforcement officers.
The prosecutor was critical of the shooter. “We need families to stay together, and whoever did this, we will bring you to justice,” said Gwinnett County District Attorney Patsy Austin-Gatson. She described it as shocking and something that no one should ever have to go through. “Please put the guns down,” urged the prosecutor. According to the DA, her office is completely cooperating with the police on the investigation. Gwinnett County Police are asking anyone with knowledge about the case to contact them.