Shooting - SWAT Standoff, Glenbrook Dr, Tucker
Update #3, 01/22/2018: Lance Walburn (suspect) and Crystal Bell (victim) were neighbors. They lived a few houses away from one another. Late Friday night into Saturday morning, Lance was at Crystal’s home, along with several others, drinking and hanging out. Crystal offered to walk Lance home (about 1 minute walking distance). Crystal told the responding officers that Lance began to attack her as he was making entry into his home. She fought back. Lance grabbed a firearm and shot Crystal as she was fleeing. According to the initial police report, Lance also shot his female yellow lab.
Lance armed himself as patrol officers and members of the SWAT Team arrived.
At around 7:35am, the suspect committed suicide. Lance’s motivations for attacking his neighbor and then shooting her are unknown.
Crystal’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. Her current condition is unknown. Lance’s dog was taken for treatment at a local vet. The veterinary hospital where the dog is being treated has been in contact with Lance’s family members about the care of the animal.
Update #2, 01/20/2018:
The suspect in this case has been identified as Lance Walburn (34). Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the shooting. The victim, Crystal Bell, is currently listed as being in stable condition, although the extent of her injuries is still unknown.
The Gwinnett County Police Department would like to thank all of the citizens in the surrounding area of the incident for their patience and cooperation during this time.
Update #1, 01/20/2018:
At approximately 7:15am, the suspect was spotted outside of the residence and began fleeing on foot. The Gwinnett County SWAT Team was able to successfully contain the suspect’s movements as he attempted to flee through multiple backyards on Glenbrook Drive. As the suspect neared Old Norcross Tucker Road, still traveling through backyards, he produced a handgun and shot himself one time. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were involved in the shooting and none were injured during the incident. The identity of the suspect is still being withheld pending further investigation and notification of next of kin. There is still no update on the victim’s condition.
(Tucker, Georgia) At 12:17am, officers from the West Precinct responded to reports of a person shot at 6450 Glenbrook Drive in unincorporated Tucker. The victim, Crystal Bell (age 32, Tucker), was able to call police after being shot twice, once in the chest and once in the arm. Officers and medical personnel arrived and Bell was transported to a local area hospital still conscious and alert. Her current condition is unknown at this time. Officers quickly determined the suspect’s location and secured the area. Arrest warrants for the suspect and a search warrant for his residence were obtained by the lead detective. At this time the Gwinnett County SWAT Team is on scene for the service of those warrants. The scene is still very active as the suspect is not yet in custody. We are urging any residents in the area to remain in their homes or avoid the area until the scene is cleared.
If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637). Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 18-006483