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Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Georgia Corrections Officer

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Source: Gwinnett County Police Department; UNSPLASH

Dec. 20 2022, Published 11:13 a.m. ET

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A Georgia man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a corrections officer, authorities said.

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According to Gwinnett County officials, shortly after 6:20 a.m. on Dec. 13, officers in Lawrenceville responding to a report of person shot found Senior Correctional Officer Scott Riner, 59, suffering a gunshot wound.

A preliminary investigation determined Riner was shot in a parking lot outside the correctional facility where he worked for over a decade, officials said.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, the Gwinnett Police SWAT Team arrested a suspect in the case, 22-year-old Yahya Abdulkadir, in Lithonia and charged him with felony murder and aggravated assault.

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Officials said investigators had been working “around the clock” on the case before Abdulkadir’s arrest.

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“The Gwinnett Police department would like to extend condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers,” officials noted.

The investigation continues and authorities have not released a possible motive for the deadly shooting.


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