Gainesville robbery suspect dies after fleeing from police, crashing car

An armed robbery suspect died Monday afternoon after crashing his car while fleeing from police near Gainesville, authorities said.

An armed robbery suspect died Monday afternoon after crashing his car while fleeing from police near Gainesville, authorities said.

An armed robbery suspect in Gainesville died Monday after crashing his car while running from police, authorities said.

Hall County deputies were called to a home in the 1300 block of Marlow Drive about 3 p.m. after a man and woman reported being robbed at gunpoint, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

“According to preliminary details, the male suspect brandished a handgun and robbed a man and woman at the home, took an undisclosed amount of cash and left the scene in a black Nissan car,” the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said.

On their way to the home, deputies spotted 44-year-old Teron Cortez Smith at the intersection of Marlow Drive and West Ridge Road and attempted to pull him over, authorities said.

The Columbus man reportedly refused to stop and fled from the deputies. Gainesville police joined the chase, but Smith crashed a short time later.

Following the wreck, he was able to run away. When officers located him, Smith had “visible injuries to his face and head” from the crash, according to the news release. He was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he died.

According to police, deputies discovered a bag containing cash and the gun that Smith reportedly used in the robbery.

Police also said he had two outstanding warrants, one for felony probation in Harris County, and another for possession of dangerous drugs in San Francisco.

The robbery is still being investigated by Hall County deputies. The fatal wreck was worked by the Georgia State Patrol.

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