Gwinnett County police said Rodney Pike, 38, used his car as a weapon, hitting one officer in the leg and driving straight towards another.
Public Information Officer Cpl. Jake Smith said the officers tried to use a stun gun on Pike but couldn't stop him.
Smith, said they got a tip from a 911 call that Pike was at a home on the 5300 block of Pass Court.
"The caller advised that our suspect out here today was here working on a house and he had some outstanding warrants from Forsyth County," Smith said. "The caller was able to advise he had run from police in the past and he would likely run when, and that he was a drug user. "
When police arrived at the home on Pass Court, they said Pike jumped into a SUV and drove off. During that time, police said they tried to use a stun gun Pike, but after he hit the officer in the leg, two other officers opened fire.
"With the one officer being down and heading towards the other officer, they were forced to shoot," Smith said.
"They were sent out here to pick him up on a warrant," Robin Pike, the suspect's sister, said. "They were not sent out here to kill him."
Robin Pike said her brother was helping fix up a home she was currently renting. She also said her brother was wanted for outstanding warrants but that Rodney Pike was not violent.
"He is loved by all of his family members," Robin Pike said. "He was only wanted for violation of probation and two counts for not going to court for theft charges on scrap metal. My brother was shot down with a gun, and they should have used a stun gun. My brother was shot over eight times. My brother is lying down over there in the middle of the road. I hope somebody has some kind of sympathy for our family."
The suspect's aunt lives across the street. She described seeing police open fire on Rodney Pike before the officer was hit.
"He was shot, and hit the clutch," Sue Gray said. "It spun out of control and that's when he hit the officer, I saw all the blood he was already dead. They gunned him down."
Gwinnett police placed the officers on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Rodney Pike was on the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office most wanted list for a felony probation violation and failure to appear in court twice.
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