A Georgia man intervened during a fast-food restaurant robbery which lead to a “short gun battle” between the “hero bread deliveryman” and the suspect.
The deliveryman, Joseph Chilton, identified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reportedly shot and wounded the alleged robber Damario Parrish in the ensuing gunfight.
Chilton was delivering bread to a local Hardee’s restaurant last Saturday morning. He arrived while the robbery was taking place according to the police.
According to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Chilton immediately became aware that something was wrong when he saw people fleeing the restaurant’s back door. Inside, he heard a woman screaming for help, and he acted.
Just before the breadman arrived in his truck, Parrish allegedly jumped the counter with a firearm and held a female employee at gunpoint demanding money.
“Chilton ran back to his truck to get a firearm and ran back in to help the female in distress,” said the report. “Chilton ended up shooting Parrish twice, but Parrish managed to flee the scene.”
Police were able to follow Parrish to a house nearby. A SWAT team was called to the site when police reported the possibility that children were inside the house, but Parrish surrendered before the unit arrived.
“Deputies are now watching Parrish at a local hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds so that he will be healthy enough to face the wall at Georgia’s toughest para-military jail, ‘The Hill-ton,’” the news release said.
According to the local press, Georgia Sheriff Victor Hill was so impressed with Chilton for “defending those who could not defend themselves” that he made him an honorary deputy and added him to the department’s Posse Hall of Fame.