Georgia Police Kill Armed Man During Marijuana Bust

Police officers in Buford, Georgia, shot and killed a man who refused to drop his weapon after they encountered him as they investigated a report of marijuana smoking last Tuesday night. Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gonzalez, 20, becomes the 61st person to die so far this year in US domestic drug enforcement operations.

According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, citing police sources, Gwinnett County police arrived at a North Alexander Street apartment complex following a report of "several people smoking marijuana." They found five people in the parking lot and an officer began to frisk an adult Hispanic male, later identified as Hernandez-Gonzalez. He reportedly "pulled away" from the officer, drew a handgun, and held it to his own head.

"During this time officers continuously ordered Hernandez to put down his weapon and Hernandez made verbal refusals," police spokesman Lt. Jake Smith said. "Hernandez told officers that he would not put down the gun, and that they would have to shoot him.

After an attempt to subdue him with a taser failed (one prong failed to penetrate his clothing), four officers opened fire, killing him on the spot.

In addition to the loaded .357 revolver Hernandez-Gonzales was holding, police also found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol at his feet and several baggies of marijuana in his pockets.

The four officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave while the department's "deadly force investigation team" reviews the shooting.

It was unclear if any of the other men with Hernandez-Gonzalez were detained, but a bystander was arrested for disorderly conduct several hours later for "cursing loudly in the parking lot… for an extended period of time," Smith said.

Buford, GA
United States
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That is really fucked up.

That is really fucked up. Police should focus more on rapists, killers, thieves, terrorist, etc.. killing someone over marijuana is ridiculous! Im not even a smoker and i feel Americans rights are being violated. God gave ALL plants and trees to Adam and Eve as well as the "fruits" it bears. Wat happened to America Land of theFREE??

this is most likely due to to

this is most likely due to to the victim being an illegal or of the sort. might have gotten deported if caught selling (if he had several baggies of marijuana he would have been hit with distribution.) agreed that officers should be spending their time on more serious crimes, and not "smoking marijuana". one less person would be dead today

Police are liars

I bet the "suspect" could not drop his gun faster than gravity would allow.  The police expected the gun to be released a light speed.

Another person to die

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/topeka-police-2-officers-fatally-shot-responding-to-suspicious-vehicle-outside-grocery-store/2012/12/16/14525c70-4800-11e2-8af9-9b50cb4605a7_story.html

Another death

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/topeka-police-2-officers-fatally-shot-responding-to-suspicious-vehicle-outside-grocery-store/2012/12/16/14525c70-4800-11e2-8af9-9b50cb4605a7_story.html

Now it is up to the

Now it is up to the Government, those who were elected by the people, for the people, to listen to the people's voice! Mary J.

himself

He didnt point the gun at no one but himself and there was several witnesses of that so there was no need to shoot him thatvmany times. tery

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