Brinks security guard shot during armed robbery near medical center

A Brinks security guard was shot outside Wellstar Cherokee Health Park in Holly Springs.

Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Brinks security guard was shot outside Wellstar Cherokee Health Park in Holly Springs.

A Brinks security guard was taken to a hospital Monday morning after he was shot during an armed robbery outside of a metro Atlanta medical center, according to police.

The incident, which happened in Holly Springs, was the second armed robbery of its kind in the metro area within two days.

Officers were sent to Wellstar Cherokee Health Park on Wellstar Way after a report of a shooting came in about 7:45 a.m., Holly Springs police spokeswoman Officer April Van Alstine confirmed. When they arrived, they found the wounded Brinks security officer.

Police determined the guard had been shot during a robbery, Van Alstine said. It is not clear what was stolen during the incident, she said.

He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Cobb County, where he is stable. No other details on the incident were available.

In a Facebook post, Holly Springs police urged neighbors to “stay clear of the location” while the investigation was underway.

Update: 2:05 P.M., The facility is completely open at this time. UPDATE: 11:55 Am The Wellstar Health Park is still...

Posted by Holly Springs Police Department on Monday, August 2, 2021

On Sunday, police in Atlanta said a man shot at a Loomis Security officer after robbing an armored truck in the 1900 block of Metropolitan Parkway. The security officer told police he was getting out of the truck about 9:25 a.m. when he was approached by a man, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer TaSheena Brown said. The unidentified man pulled out a gun and tried to rob the officer, she said.

The man grabbed a bag of money and took off running, Brown said. As he sprinted away, he fired his weapon at the security officer.

The officer returned fire, according to Brown. The suspect then got into a car and drove away from the scene.

It is not clear if the incidents are related.