Armed robbery suspect dies after being shot by officer

A man who robbed a Kroger store at gunpoint was later shot by a Dunwoody officer and died at a hospital, according to a police statement Saturday.

The man was shot in a parking lot of a shopping center in the 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody police said in a news release. 

About 7:45 a.m., the man forced his way into a register at a Kroger in Johns Creek before leaving, according to the release by Sgt. Robert Parsons.

A witness followed the man to the parking lot, where Dunwoody officers and a Johns Creek officer saw the man and his vehicle.

“When confronted by officers, the suspect did not comply with their verbal commands and exited the vehicle,” Parsons said. “Fearing for his safety and the safety of 

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others, an officer fired one shot, striking the suspect.”

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Officers and DeKalb County fire/EMS units treated the man at the scene, and he was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died, Parsons said.

Officers converge on a shopping center in Dunwoody in search of an armed robbery suspect. The man was shot by an officer and later died. (Channel 2 Action News)

The officer who fired the deadly shot has been placed on administrative leave, in keeping with Dunwoody police procedures.

No identities were released.

The GBI has been called in to investigate, which is standard in police-involved shootings. It’s the second such investigation for the agency in 2018.

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