An armed person stopped an attempted burglary in Atlanta this week, police said.
On March 8 around 3:03 p.m., officers responded to a Chik-fil-A on Peachtree Street.
“Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who stated a black male walked inside, produced a firearm and demanded money from several employees. The employees fled and the suspect exited the business a short time later. Several nearby citizens confronted the suspect as he was leaving. One of the citizens was armed and at some point, during the confrontation, the citizen fired several shots. The suspect ran on foot and was apprehended nearby, by the citizens and held until police arrived,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a preliminary update sent to The Epoch Times.
“The suspect’s weapon was recovered. No one was struck by the gunfire and charges are pending against the robbery suspect. No charges have been filed against the citizen and the investigation continues,” the department added.
The suspect was identified as Willie Gloston IV, 23. The arrest report does not show an address for Gloston.
The suspect was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He is being held in the Fulton County jail.
A similar situation unfolded last month in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Police Department said that two men stopped a Chevy Cruze in front of a pedestrian and got out before pointing a gun at him.
The victim pulled out a gun and fired two shots. He was later found in critical condition with a head wound and rushed to the hospital.
One of the assailants was arrested.
From The Epoch Times