Police seeking new leads after guard shot, killed at Stonecrest car dealership

DeKalb County police are asking the public for help in identifying and locating five suspects in the fatal shooting of a security guard at a car dealership near the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday night.

Officers found 24-year-old Henry Ashley, who worked as a security guard at the Courtesy Chrysler Dodge dealership at 8455 Mall Parkway, with a gunshot wound around 11 p.m., a DeKalb police spokesperson said.

Ashley was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Investigators determined Ashley was investigating a suspicious person alert on the property when he encountered a group of suspects, according to a news release. Moments later, he was shot while in his marked work vehicle.

In a still of security camera footage released by police, at least five suspects can be seen walking through the dealership’s parking lot in front of a row of vehicle service doors. None of the suspects has been arrested, the news release states.

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department

Credit: DeKalb County Police Department

In an interview with Channel 2 Action News, the victim’s wife said she had been on the phone with him just minutes before the shooting.

“I have to stay strong for my son,” Kyla Rushton said through tears. “He lost his daddy. I hope whatever they wanted here was more important than his life. I hope they got what they wanted — taking a husband, a son, a father, a brother so young. We were planning on buying a house this summer. That was our first time we were able to do this, and then it all got ripped away in a matter of moments.”

A phone operator at the dealership Monday said the business would not comment on the incident and declined to provide the name of the security company for which Ashley worked.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call detectives at 770-724-7850 or to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta by calling 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website. Tipsters may be eligible to receive up to a $2,000 reward.

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Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC

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Credit: JOHN SPINK / AJC