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Update: Bank Robbery Suspect Shot By Sheriff's Deputy Dies

The incident happened at the Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. on Memorial Drive in unincorporated Stone Mountain on Friday morning.

Updated 5:20 p.m.: The suspect in an attempted bank robbery who was shot by a DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy at the Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. on Memorial Drive has died, a spokesman with the sheriff's office said.

The suspect, Eric D. Roberts, of Lithonia, was shot Friday morning at the bank in unincorporated Stone Mountain.

Roberts had previous run-ins with law enforcement, including obstruction, failure to appear and loitering charges, sheriff's office spokesman Adrion Bell said.

Here is how the incident happened, according to a press release sent Friday afternoon from the sheriff's office:

A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Investigator confronted a would-be bank robber at 10:35 am today.  The investigator was in the bank conducting personal business. The attempted robbery at the Capital City Bank and Trust, 5674 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, was halted when the plain clothes investigator identified himself as a deputy and ordered the suspect to drop his gun.  When the suspect, identified as Eric D. Roberts, age 30, refused to comply with the investigator’s demands, the investigator fired. 

Roberts attempted to flee by breaking and jumping through a bank window.  He made it to the outside drive-through banking area where he collapsed.  He was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital where he later died.  Roberts had just been in the DeKalb Jail charged with obstruction on December 11th.  He was released the same day. He was also arrested in DeKalb in October 2012 for a failure to appear charge and in May of this year on a loitering charge. 

The officer’s name is not being released.  He will be placed on a routine paid leave for evaluations and then returned to work when he is administratively cleared.
 
The officer’s name is not being released.  He will be placed on a routine paid leave for evaluations and then returned to work when he is administratively cleared.

Here is the original story:

A DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy shot a bank robbery suspect at the Capitol City Bank & Trust Co. in unincorporated Stone Mountain Friday (Dec. 28), according to WSB.

The attempted robbery at ., happened after 11 a.m., WSB reports.

Adrion Bell of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office told WSB the deputy shot at the suspect, who jumped from a bank window.

The suspect was taken to a hospital.

Check back with Patch for updates.

Brett December 30, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Good shot officer. Thank you.
Eldon January 14, 2013 at 04:22 PM
How good was that shot the officer shot him in the back why he was trying to flee .
Brett January 14, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Well Eldon... since the guy is dead and I don't have to pay for him (in one way or another anymore) I'd say the shot was perfect!

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