Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A man barricaded himself in his home for hours following a domestic dispute. A SWAT team was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.
Update, 10:25 p.m.: The SWAT team took the suspect into custody without incident, according to police. He was located while hiding inside the Norcross-area home. The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Luis Samuel Lopez. --------- Update, 9:35 p.m.: Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith told Norcross Patch that the SWAT team has entered the home and is looking for the suspect. The domestic dispute, which started the SWAT incident, was reported at approximately 4:38 p.m. The woman in the dispute exited the home, but the man refused to leave, according to Smith. Officers spent two hours trying to get him out, but he still wouldn't leave, so a SWAT call was activated. No one else is in the home with him, and he is believed to be …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The devices will help police in SWAT callouts and dangerous situations where there may be a bomb or unknown chemicals.
Gwinnett County Police Department recently purchased two new tools to help fight crime without having to put their officers in harm's way. They demonstrated the Hazardous Devices Unit's two newly acquired bomb robots. GCPD now has a total of four robots, allowing the HDU to respond to two different situations at the same time. The new robots are smaller and easier to maneuver than the older ones. "The robots we currently have are ten years old or older," said GCPD Cpl. Edwin Ritter. "These robots were big and bulky. They were getting caught up inside the home or confined spaces." The money to purchase the robots, which totaled $206,000 for both units, came from a grant through State Homeland Security. They come equipped with cameras, …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Man fired shots at Gwinnett PD and Gwinnett SWAT team, barricaded himself in Norcross area apartments. No one was injured in the incident.
Updated 3:47 p.m. A man fired shots at Gwinnett Police and SWAT teams this morning then barricaded himself in a Norcross-area apartment. The stand-off ended around 9 a.m. after he surrendered to police. Kelvin Barefield, 43, has been taken into custody and crime scene investigators are currently gathering more information in the case. Officers responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at the Grove at Stonebrook Apartments at 1405 Beaver Ruin Road around 5 a.m., according to Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett Police Dept. Gwinnett Police officers tried to talk to the man as he threw items out of his apartment, but he would not open the door, according to a police statement. About 5:20 a.m., Barefield fired "an unknown number" of rounds…
Monday, July 11, 2011
Man dead after domestic dispute at Buford residence.
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Monday, July 11, 2011
A domestic dispute that resulted in the Gwinnett Police SWAT Team being called to unincorporated Buford early Monday has ended with the death of a man from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Gwinnett Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said in a release that police were called to a house on Valley Mill Court early Monday because of an aggravated domestic dispute involving a couple in their late 40s. Apparently, the woman threatened to leave the house and the man then refused to allow her to leave. He then retrieved a long gun and threatened to kill himself if she called police, the news release said. She then managed to leave the house with their teenage daughter and called police. Officers arrived and later decided from the "dynamics" of …