Police: Armed bystander stops attempted robbery at Alpharetta Zaxby’s

Credit: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

Credit: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety

An armed bystander put a stop to a would-be robbery at a Zaxby’s restaurant in Alpharetta by shooting the suspect late Monday night, according to officials.

Alpharetta officers got a call shortly before 10:30 p.m. about shots fired in the parking lot of the fast-food restaurant near the intersection of Old Milton Parkway and South Main Street. When they arrived, they found a man with two gunshot wounds to the leg, police said.

The man, whose name was not released, was identified as the suspect in the attempted robbery, the department said in a statement. He was taken to a hospital and will be arrested once released.

Investigators confirmed the man was shot by a bystander who intervened when he saw the suspect approach the restaurant manager in the parking lot after closing. At this point in the investigation, the evidence suggests the bystander “used lawful force in defense of a third party,” police said.

The bystander is not expected to face criminal charges.

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