BUFORD — On July 22, 2020, I-985 was shut down for an investigation after a young woman was found shot.  Initially, the Gwinnett County Police Department said that it was a suicide but have now decided it was a homicide.

The call came into 911 as a female had shot herself on the side of I-985.  The caller was the woman’s boyfriend, Lawrence Gray, age 30 from Gainesville.  Gray told police that Katlyn “Katie” Head, age 30 had shot herself in their car while on the side of the interstate.

Katie Head lived in Hall County but was originally from Buford and leaves behind a young son.  Her death has rocked this small town as all that knew her said she was a devoted mother.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene and combed over the evidence, as well as, spoke to witnesses that were available.  Initially, they ruled her death a suicide and allowed Gray to leave the scene according to a source close to the victim.

Following an autopsy, the detectives took the findings from the medical examiner’s report and her death was determined to be a homicide.  Investigators obtained warrants for Gray’s arrest on July 31 for Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, and Felony Murder.

“Investigators believe that there still may be witnesses in this case who were on the interstate that day.  They are urging anyone who may have seen this incident on I-985 South or captured it on dash-cam to come forward and contact the police department,” says Corporal Collin Flynn, Public Information Officer with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

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  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number:  20-054116

— Staff Reports

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