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Scott Riner Obituary: Where Is Gwinnett County Police Officer Killer Yahya Abdulkadir? Arrest And Charge

Scott Riner obituary includes details of his family members and the funeral and other services planned.

The Gwinnett County Police Officer was shot dead near the corrections center.

A 22-year-old man named Yahya Abdulkadir has been charged with the murder.

The case appears to close after the alleged killer’s arrest as the Riner family begins to mourn their loss.

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Scott Riner Obituary: The Officer Was Shot Dead At Work

Scott Ozburn Riner (June 4, 1963 – December 13, 2022) of Winder, Georgia, United States, tragically passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.

The Gwinnett County Senior Corrections Officer was 59. He held the position for the past 12 years and took pride and honor in his duty to the community.

Funeral services for Scott are scheduled to be held at North Metro Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 11:00 am, with Dr. Frank Cox officiating.

Burial will follow at West View Cemetery in Monticello. Family and friends will gather on Monday, December 19, 2022, in the Peachtree Corners Chapel at the Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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Scott Riner was shot and killed after arriving for work. (Source: KWTX)

Scott Riner was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to his parents, the late DuPree Riner and the late Eloise Riner.

He spent his early childhood years in the Embry Hills area of DeKalb County, attaining education at Warren Elementary and Henderson High School.

The most common memory of Scott from his young years was cruising the area in his red pickup truck. The Officer, who valued God, country, and family, later moved to Gwinnett County.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Elana Chessor Riner, their son Taylor Sparacino (Mallory), and daughter Madison Parker (Joshua).

Scott was the “Grand Daddy” of Easton Parke, who was his greatest joy. Scott and Easton loved watching YouTube videos and fishing in the pond together.

He is also survived by his sister Cindy Riner McKnight, brother Eric Riner, father-in-law James and mother-in-law Katie Chessor.

His extended family includes his niece, Natalie; nephews, Brad, Todd, and Andrew; and a host of cousins.

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Where Is Gwinnett County Police Officer Killer Yahya Abdulkadir? Arrest And Charge

Gwinnett County Police have arrested the suspect believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of correctional officer Scott Riner earlier this week.

Yahya Abdulkadir, 22, was taken into custody on Friday, December 16, and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Police say SWAT officers arrested the 22-year-old without incident around 1:30 pm at the Black Dot community center off Main Street in Lithonia.

Investigators released an image of the suspect from surveillance footage that featured the man’s profile, hoping someone would recognize him and call the Police.

They say Abdulkadir was the person seen in the surveillance video. “We believe he is the same person we have seen,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Jennifer Richter said.

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Yahya Abdulkadir is now in custody. (Source: 11 Alive)

They further note that the team had tracked him for several hours before the arrest.

Officer Riner was shot at around 6:30 am on December 13 outside the Gwinnett County Correctional Center on Hi Hope Road.

Investigators believe Abdulkadir and Riner got into an altercation before Abdulkadir shot Riner and fled the scene.

Police state that Riner’s co-workers found him shot in the parking lot. They are uncertain about the motive behind the deadly shooting.

Sgt Richter stated, “It does not appear that the officer and Mr. Abdulkadir knew each other, but as we further investigate, that could change.”

Investigators believe Abdulkadir acted alone in the murder. They hope the arrest of the culprit comforts Riner’s family.

“Detectives have been working on this non-stop,” said Sgt. Richter. Riner had worked in the correctional facility for over a decade. 


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