According to a recent report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a robbery suspect is dead this week after targeting an armed customer at a DeKalb County, Ga., fast food restaurant.
Police indicate the victim, 23-year-old Joseph Toombs, was trying to place his order at Sonic when a group of armed men surrounded him and demanded his cash. The driver was also armed, though, and fired at the criminals.
“The victim had his own handgun,” DeKalb Police Lt. Mark Lavigne said, and “was able to shoot the suspect, who fell to the ground.”
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He confirmed that “two or three” of the suspect’s accomplices “fled from the scene.”
The injured suspect, 19-year-old Kenneth Brayboy, was taken to a local hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition. He reportedly died from the injuries sustained in the altercation. Authorities were soon able to apprehend two other men in connection with the crime and are still looking for a possible fourth suspect.
Only one suspect, 17-year-old Desmond McKnight, has been charged in the crime. He faces charges including murder, attempted armed robbery, and tampering with evidence. The murder count stems from a state law providing such a charge against anyone involved in a crime during which someone is killed.
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Toombs will not face any charges for the act of self-defense.
As Western Journalism reported earlier this month, a similar case from the same county made national headlines when a pizza delivery driver shot one of the men attempting to rob her. Though she was initially concerned she would lose her job because carrying a gun violated her employer’s policy, however, the pizza chain ultimately opted to let her keep the job.
h/t: Biz Pac Review
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