Posted: 4:13 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. —
Police say a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranger is recovering after being shot by a woman who then turned the gun on herself.
Gwinnett County police said they received a report of a shooting in the Lower Overlook area of Buford Dam Park around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers said the ranger was shot in the stomach and walked to the main park road, where a passerby called for help.
The ranger told officers before being taken to the hospital that he had approached a woman, who was in a pickup truck, to tell her the park was closed and she shot him without warning.
Police said Army Corps of Engineers rangers patrol the park and do not carry guns.
"They are not actual law enforcement officers. They do not carry a weapon and they don't wear bullet-proof vests," Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith said.
Officers said they found a woman matching the ranger’s description dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The ranger underwent surgery at a nearby hospital.
Police have not identified the ranger or the shooter.