The man was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital following the encounter with the officer, who wasn’t injured, at the store on Highway 92. The suspect did not survive, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Saturday. The source spoke under the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
Further information about the identity of the suspect wasn’t immediately available Saturday.
The Woodstock Police officer was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard protocol in such incidents, Police Chief Calvin Moss confirmed Friday night on the scene.
At 9:15 p.m., officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in the parking lot in front of the Wal-Mart on Highway 92 in Woodstock, at the Trickum Road intersection, said Brittany Duncan, spokeswoman for Woodstock Police.
The source, who wished to remain anonymous, said when officers responded to the suspicious person, the situation became threatening, causing the officer to draw his weapon.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the details of what happened after officers confronted the suspect, Duncan said. A GBI investigation is standard procedure in all shootings involving a police officer.
At the scene Friday night, officers blocked off a large corner of the parking lot with police tape.
A Woodstock Police K-9 patrol car sat inside the blocked-off area, with the driver’s side door left open and what appeared to be evidence markers near a pile of remnants from the incident.
Staff writer Joshua Sharpe contributed to this report.