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Gwinnett cop kills home invasion suspect

12:56 AM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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NORCROSS, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County police officer shot and killed a home invasion suspect who allegedly came at him with a tire iron Monday morning. 

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Eric Andrews of Atlanta, was shot at the Woodland Ridge Apartments in Norcross on Treetrail Parkway near Indian Trail Lilburn Road.

Gwinnett Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said investigators believe the suspect forced his way into an apartment after two children who were home alone refused to let him in the front door.  When he came in through the back, they raced out the front door.

"They knew someone was breaking into the house, so they snuck out," Gwinnett spokesman Corporal Edwin Ritter said.  

"They went to a neighbor and reported it."

The children were waiting for a ride to school after their mother had gone to work. 

The first officer to respond confronted Andrews as he left the apartment. Ritter said Andrews was given several warnings by the uniformed officer with his gun drawn.  The unidentified officer fired at Andrews when he came within swinging distance of him and raised the weapon. 

Ritter said Andrews ran a short distance after being shot, then collapsed.  He was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center. The officer was not injured.

The shooting is still under investigation.

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