Two dead in officer-involved shooting - WNEM TV 5

Two dead in officer-involved shooting

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Two people are dead after an officer-involved shooting on Old Shadburn Ferry Road near Lake Lanier.

The officer was responding to a domestic dispute call between a couple around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. When the officer arrived and was in the yard, a woman walked towards him in the driveway.  

Police said shots were fired from behind Betty Jo Massengale, 80, and she fell to the ground. She had been shot in the back. The officer returned fire at James Daniel Guler, 73. He fell to the ground, and another shot was fired. The couple was pronounced dead at scene.

Both the victim and the suspect lived in the home, but they were not married, according to police.

An investigation will be conducted by the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's office to determine if the officer fired the fatal shot at Guler, according to Gwinnett County police.

The responding officer was not injured in the shooting. The incident is under investigation. The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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