LOGANVILLE, Ga. — A kidnapping suspect died after being shot by a police officer during a foot chase through the parking lot of a south Gwinnett County shopping center.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed 25-year-old Aigon Andrew Wallace pulled a knife on a Braselton police officer who drew his weapon and shot the suspect.
Wallace, who lived in Loganville, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center where he later died.
The officer involved was not harmed.
GBI public information officer Nelly Miles said the Braselton Police Department was actively searching for a male suspect who was wanted for kidnapping. Two officers located the suspect in a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the Kroger in the Midway Plaza shopping center on Athens Highway near Rosebud Road in unincorporated Gwinnett County between Loganville and Snellville.
When officers made contact with Wallace, he attempted to flee but was tackled by an officer, who hasn’t been identified. During the altercation Wallace drew a knife prompting the officer to fire his weapon, striking Wallace.
Witness Daniel Hernandez saw the incident go down and recorded video and photos of the altercation. Hernandez was parked right behind the suspect while he and his friend waited to enter a barbershop in the shopping center.
“It’s not something I ever thought I would see,” Hernandez said. “The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Holy crap this is happening’ then after that I just kept witnessing the whole thing until it ended.
“Once it calmed down, I rolled down my window and asked the cop if I should call for help and he said to call 911. At that point I called 911 and told them what all when down and they send out the ER (paramedics) right after that.”
After the incident, the Braselton Police Department contacted the GBI to request an investigation into the incident.
Wallace was in trouble with the law less than a month before the confrontation in the parking lot. A Gwinnett police officer arrested Wallace on July 5 on charges including misdemeanor battery – family violence (first offense), simple battery – family violence, criminal trespassing and two counts of misdemeanor willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.
This is the 48th officer-involved shooting the GBI has been called in to investigate this year. After the investigation is complete, the GBI will turn over its findings to Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter’s office for review.