DeKalb County SWAT officers were deployed to an apartment complex near Decatur Wednesday morning to assist with a “high-risk” warrant, authorities said.
Deputies with the SWAT unit surrounded an apartment in the Oak Tree Villas complex off Kensington Road to serve the warrant. Authorities on scene told AJC.com about 7 a.m. that the man, later identified as 37-year-old Antonio McClure, was arrested without incident.
McClure, who has a Covington address, was wanted out of Gwinnett County for a Sept. 5 incident at a Home Dept on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. According to the Gwinnett sheriff’s office, McClure tried to push a cart filled with at least $1,500 in merchandise out of the store, and multiple shoppers attempted to intervene.
After he allegedly threatened several people, authorities said McClure pointed the gun at one bystander and pulled the trigger. The weapon did not fire, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
He then pistol-whipped another man before taking off with the merchandise, according to authorities.
The incident caused a lockdown at nearby Georgia Gwinnett College on Sept. 5 while authorities searched the campus for McClure.
Gwinnett police asked for SWAT assistance “out of an abundance of caution” after they were told McClure may have a weapon, authorities told Channel 2 Action News.
This is the third SWAT situation in metro Atlanta in the last 24 hours. Standoffs with armed men in Cobb County on Tuesday and Gwinnett on Wednesday ended peacefully, and hostages, including two children, were found safe.
McClure is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. He faces felony charges of aggravated assault and shoplifting.
—Please return to AJC.com for updates.
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