Gwinnett police said a man who pulled a gun on officers had fair warning before he was shot but the man’s family argues the shooting was unjustified.

Darryl Fuller was shot outside the JSD apartments on Singleton Road at about 9 p.m., police said. Gwinnett police said members of their gang unit first came across Fuller standing with two other men.

When they returned, Fuller was standing by himself, police said. The undercover officers said they went to question Fuller when he pulled a gun.

“The suspect drew a gun. Our officers fired one shot, struck the suspect. No shots were returned,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Jake Smith said. Arkira Foster, Fuller’s fiancée, said he had just left for a pack of cigarettes. When Fuller didn’t come home and didn’t answer his phone, his family went looking for him.

“She’s seen his shoes and some of his clothing beside a car in the street. And that’s how we found out it was him,” said Fuller’s father, Darryl Williams.

“One thing I can say, it’s unjustified, and I know this,” the victim’s mother, Cassandra Williams, said. The officers were in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle but police said they have witnesses who heard the officers when they approached Fuller.

“They confirmed what our officers said, generally that the officers identified themselves as police officers and then ordered the suspect to drop the gun,” said Smith.

Family members said Fuller died at the hospital. They don’t believe the story police are telling and have hired a lawyer.

“My son was a magnificent child. He loved the people. He treated people with respect,” said Williams.

“We’ll never get the proper answer ourselves. We are going to let law handle law. Righteously,” said Fuller’s uncle Tony Williams.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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