Suspect killed by Ga. officers was pointing rifle when shot

Deer rifle with scope leveled at police as suspect approached

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A 32-year-old Gwinnett County man shot dead by two police officers was pointing a rifle at the officers just before he was shot, police said Friday. Two of the man's family members were later arrested at the scene after learning of his death.

Officers were called to a home in the 500 block of Trophy Trail, off Five Forks Trickum Road, about 6:30 p.m. after receiving a call about a man threatening suicide, said Cpl. Jake Smith, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department. The caller said a man, later identified as James Clark, had already cut himself and had fired two shots, Smith said.

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