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Forsyth fugitive shot by Gwinnett police
Rodney ONeil Pike

The 38-year-old man shot and killed during a confrontation with Gwinnett County police Monday afternoon in Buford was on Forsyth County’s most wanted list.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Rodney Pike was sought in connection for a probation violation and two counts of failure to appear in Superior Court.

Court records show that the charges against Pike stemmed from separate felony cases in 2011. The first was for theft by receiving stolen property and the second involved burglary and five counts of entering auto.

He was last released from the Forsyth County Detention Center on Sept. 6, according to the sheriff’s office.

The shooting occurred about 4 p.m. Monday when Gwinnett County police officers responded to a "wanted person located" call on Pass Court in Buford.

According to a Gwinnett police report, the caller advised that Pike was also “a drug user [who] would run from police.”

When officers arrived, Pike reportedly ran to a parked vehicle. He ignored commands to stop, and their attempts to Taser him weren’t successful.

According to the police report, they shot at Pike after he started the car, struck one of the officers with it and headed toward another officer.

Officers then rendered first aid and CPR until emergency personnel arrived, but Pike died at the scene.

The officer struck by the vehicle was not seriously injured and was taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to the report.

It went on to note that the shooting is under investigation by the deadly force investigation team, which is made up of members from the department’s crime scene, homicide and internal affairs units, as well as the district attorney and medical examiner's offices. 

The two officers who fired the shots have been placed on administrative leave, per department procedure.