Shots Fired, Armed Robbery Suspect Captured by Man with Concealed Handgun

The suspect didn’t get very far after a failed attempt to rob a Chick-fil-a. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

You love Chick-fil-a, but do you love Chick-fil-a enough to defend it with deadly force?

A robbery suspect was captured and detained at an Atlanta Chick-fil-a on Tuesday by several of the restaurant’s patrons, one of whom fired at least two shots in self-defense as he tried to subdue the suspect.

The concealed carrier, who has not been named and is not expected to face charges, told CBS4 Atlanta that the suspect pointed his gun at him as the Good Samaritan attempted to block the suspect’s exit.

“It’s not a decision you want to be faced with. It all happened so fast. It made me think of what officers go through. It’s not something to feel good about,” he told the outlet.

Police say the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Willie Gloston IV, walked into the restaurant around 3:00 p.m. with a firearm and demanded money. The clerk behind the counter fled to the back of the store, and Gloston tried to escape. It’s unclear whether he was able to obtain any cash.

Several restaurant patrons stepped in and tried to stop Gloston when he exited the building into the parking lot. Shots were fired during the course of the altercation, but no one was injured, and the Good Samaritans were able to hold Gloston until police arrived.

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“We would prefer that people be a good witness to a crime. Let us know who the perpetrator was, what they looked like, things like that. But we understand that there are going to be times when people feel the need to intervene,” Atlanta PD spokesman Sgt. John Chafee told CBS46 Atlanta.

Gloston has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during a crime.

Police have released no further details about the incident. It’s not clear what prompted the concealed carrier to shoot or why none of his shots hit Gloston or any bystanders.

The lack of charges against the Good Samaritan indicate he may have had justifiable cause to fire his weapon.

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In a similar incident earlier this year, a Phoenix woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she fired at a robbery suspect fleeing a hardware store. One of her shots struck a store employee, and he was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In another case, an Oregon pastor was cited for trying to shoot the tires of a suspected robber’s getaway vehicle. No one was injured, but the pastor was still cited for reckless endangerment.

We’ll update the story if more details emerge.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • El Zorro March 15, 2021, 2:08 pm

    Unless there’s a lot more to this story, I don’t see any justification for an armed intervention on anybody’s part. If the robber was simply running away, why risk provoking a tragedy? Let them run, even if they are making off with some cash. It’s only money; taking the risk of setting off a shootout just isn’t worth it. Leave the Dirty Harry tactics out of it or someone will get killed or seriously wounded, needlessly…

  • DAVID MILLER March 12, 2021, 6:24 am

    Shoot radiator it will leave trail

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