Chamblee police shoot AutoZone robbery suspect

Investigators gather Tuesday morning at the AutoZone on Buford Highway, where police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect.

Credit: John Spink

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Investigators gather Tuesday morning at the AutoZone on Buford Highway, where police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect.

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

An armed robbery suspect who police say tied up five employees of a Chamblee auto parts store was shot and killed by police overnight as he struggled with officers.

The shooting happened about midnight in the parking lot of the AutoZone store in the 4800 block of Buford Highway.

The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Broderick Lyndon Johnson, allegedly entered the store just before midnight “and demanded to be taken to the area where the store safe was located,” according to Chamblee police Capt. Ernesto Ford.

Johnson ordered the store manager to tie up the other employees and ordered him to open the safe, Ford said. One of the hostages was able to break free and call police.

Responding officers were setting up a perimeter when Johnson attempted to leave the store, Ford said in a news release.

“A struggle ensued and the suspect was fatally wounded after being shot by the responding officers,” he said.

Ford said the five hostages were rescued without injuries, but one officer sustained a “minor graze wound” to the arm.

Johnson, Ford said, was a suspect in several other similar robberies in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties.

The GBI is investigating the incident.