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Delivery man shoots robbery suspect at Clayton County Hardee’s

An armed delivery man thwarted a robbery at a Clayton County fast food restaurant Saturday morning by shooting the suspect, police said.

Officers responded to a robbery in progress at the Hardee’s on Anvil Block Road in Ellenwood about 6:30 a.m., Clayton County police said. 

While they were en route, a man delivering bread to the restaurant saw what was happening and challenged the robbery suspect by pulling out his own gun, authorities said.

A “short gun battle ensued,” leaving the robbery suspect wounded, police said. The suspect, identified as Demario Kentrell Parrish, managed to escape the restaurant after being shot twice, but he was later arrested at a home on Jewell Terrance Road. 

No one else was injured.

Demario Kentrell Parrish
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

In a news release, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said the bread delivery man — identified as Joseph Chilton — has been named an honorary deputy. 

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill poses with Joseph Chilton, a bread delivery man who shot a robbery suspect at a Hardee's on Saturday morning. Chilton was named an “honorary deputy” by the sheriff. 
Photo: Clayton County Sheriff's Office

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Parrish was taken to a hospital for treatment of his gunshot wounds. He is facing charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery.

He had not been booked into the Clayton County Jail as of Monday night. 

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