Special to SEGAZINE
On July 21, 2009, two people died on Tracey Drive. Gwinnett County police Officer Lyndsey Perry killed them.
#The 911 call that day came in from elderly Barbara Baker, who told the dispatcher that her daughter, 51-year-old Penny Schwartz, was threatening to commit suicide. The latter was almost certainly on drugs and possibly armed, her mother said.
#In the line of duty, quick decisions have to be made. Lives hang in the balance.
#Evidence suggests that, once Perry was inside the Duluth-area home, Schwartz came around a corner with a silver .38 Special. Perry fired five times.
#Schwartz eventually bled to death. Her mother, an unintended target, died after being hit once in the chest.
#Perry was unharmed, at least physically.
#“I was convinced she was going to shoot me,” Perry later told investigators. “I thought that … was where I was going to die.”