Police say a business owner opened fire on four burglars who tried to rob his store, striking one.

Gwinnett business owner shoots at burglary suspects during break-in

When four men broke into a Norcross electronics store early on Aug. 14, the owner was asleep inside with a gun, he told Channel 2 Action News.

The owner of CMD Services, who Channel 2 did not identify, woke up and found four men grabbing phones and computers from his store. He pulled out the gun and said “Nobody move!” That’s when everyone ran, and he opened fire, he told Channel 2.

"They could have killed me while I was sleeping. I was pushed into a corner," he said. "It's not something I wanted to do, but I did it instinctively because I have a family." 


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Three of the four suspects got away, but 20-year-old Jaquese Mattox was shot four times. He has been charged with smash-and-grab burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and giving a false name to law enforcement. 

Mattox’s attorney asked a judge to grant Mattox bond Thursday, saying Mattox wanted to seek better medical care for his wounds outside of jail. A prosecutor said Mattox should stay in custody because he may be linked to more than 20 other burglaries, Channel 2 reported. 

Mattox has not told police who the other three suspects are, and no other arrests in the burglary have been made. Mattox remains in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. 


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