Derrick Hall (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)
About 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, employees at the Sugarloaf Parkway location in unincorporated Lawrenceville “possibly” saw Hall doing drugs and asked him to leave, police said.
Instead of complying with that request, Hall ran to the bathroom with a knife, according to authorities.
The restaurant was evacuated and SWAT was called.
Hall refused to cooperate with negotiators, prompting officials to deploy the gas, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, then to the Gwinnett County jail.
Hall has been arrested multiple times in the county and was recognized by other officers, Pihera said.
“Officers recalled the ‘John Doe’ warrants and obtained new warrants for Hall,” she said. His motivations were not known.
It was the second recent incident at a metro Atlanta McDonald’s.
A DeKalb County McDonald’s was forced to close after someone tossed a smoke grenade through a drive-thru window on North Druid Hills Road, police said. The restaurant has reopened.
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