Police: Man Killed in Officer Involved Shooting Was Unarmed

A police investigation shows Robert Coleman physically attacked one of the officers who fired shots.

New details in this weekend's officer involved shooting are emerging. 

Investigators now say the suspect who was killed was not armed at the time of the shooting. Police identified him as Robert Coleman, 30, of Flowery Branch. They say the knife used in the stabbing at 3668 Willow Wood Way was found in that home. Coleman was shot while officers searched a home at 3849 Smokemist Trace, three blocks away.

Coleman reportedly attacked one of the officers searching the second home, knocking him to the ground. 

"The primary officer fired shots at Coleman, fearing for his life," said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith in a release. "The secondary officer also fired shots at Coleman, fearing for the life of the primary officer."

The first officer was shot in the leg. His injury is being considered "friendly fire," although it is still unclear who's gun fired the bullet.

Both officers were placed on administrative leave.

Brett January 14, 2014 at 08:22 PM
"If you do 1 quick google search you will see that the death rate of officers is waaaaaaaay down, while the killing rate of officers is waaaaaay up." Hmmm… maybe there's a correlation? No one is in favor of the police killing unarmed citizens. But those cops are someone's children too and they have to deal with the worst of us every day. If an unarmed person is killed while attacking a policeman a mistake was made on the officer's part. But I'll take that mistake over the one where the officer is killed any day. If you don't want to be shot - don't attack the police (or anyone else for that matter).
strange days January 15, 2014 at 03:34 PM
http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/2012/01/police-involved-shootings-2011-annual.html the officer shouldnt shoot first ask later is what im saying. he was unarmed, 2 TRAINED, AND ARMED police officers should be able to subdue, 1 unarmed man. also if an officer enters my house without a warrent, you better bet im going to attack him. That badge doesnt make you any less criminal. Also officers are DOING A JOB. that job isnt to kill people but protect them. AND PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE. its in the effing job description, if you fear for your life every time you are on the beat, you dont deserve that badge or gun.
strange days January 15, 2014 at 03:36 PM
the officers could have just as easily asscessed the situation, made the call that there is a potential danger inside, and called for back up, or swat to eater the house. Instead they went in ready to kill. with no other options in mind but kill. If you have 5 weapons "asp,mace,gun,tazer, and knife" and fear for you life from an unarmed man, YOU ARE A COWARD
Brett January 15, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Strange - I think you've been watching too many movies. There's no evidence this policeman went in with "no other options in mind but to kill" and saying he did doesn't make it true in any way whatsoever. If the cop was attacked as claimed he has every right to defend himself. I'll take a dead cop attacker over a dead cop any day. To each his own.
Frank T January 17, 2014 at 06:48 PM


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