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Robber Opens Fire in Decatur Waffle House

An armed robber and an off-duty police officer traded shots inside the Decatur Waffle House on Covington Highway Sunday. No customers were hurt in the incident.

An armed robber and an off-duty police officer traded shots inside the Decatur Waffle House on Covington Highway Sunday. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
An armed robber and an off-duty police officer traded shots inside the Decatur Waffle House on Covington Highway Sunday. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV

DeKalb County Police believe a suspected armed robber who shot at an off-duty officer inside a Decatur Waffle House was shot when the officer returned fire, and they’re checking area hospitals in an effort to find the suspect.

The suspect entered the busy restaurant on Covington Highway about 2 a.m. Sunday, reports WSB TV.

Police believe the suspected robber may have not realized there was an off-duty police officer working security at the restaurant. The suspect fired in the direction of the officer, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander told the TV station, and the uniformed officer drew his gun and returned fire.

Police said the officer was not hurt, nor were any customers inside the Waffle House.

The armed suspect ran out of the restaurant, police believe he was shot.

"We have blood stains on the wall right outside the glass door here of the Waffle House. We don't know the extent of his injuries but believe he may be hit by return gunfire by the officer," Alexander told the TV station.

A police dog followed a scent for a shot distance, but lost it. Authorities said the suspect may have had an accomplice waiting in a car nearby, who picked up the injured robber.

A witness described the car he saw speeding away from the scene as a champagne-colored buick LeSabre.

Ari Meier April 07, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I agree with David D. I live in unincorporated Dekalb with a Decatur postal address (30034). Living in the city of Decatur carries a level of pride and I wouldn't want my neighborhood/city connected to an area that's not remotely close. It seems that years ago, the news media would say "unincorporated Dekalb County" or give the actual address "4300 Covington Hwy". Now some media outlets incorporate all the news happening in Dekalb, whether it's Dunwoody or Lithonia as "Dekalb County". I can see why some areas (other than having local control) are or want to incorporate, they would have more control of their area's image and property values. Many want to paint this as "whites wanting to distance themselves from black Dekalb", but until some areas of eastern and southern Dekalb get a hold of the crime and blight, I don't see this city-hood movement stopping anytime soon.
FSG April 07, 2014 at 06:03 PM
If you're on Covington Highway, the Decatur police will not respond to your traffic accident, nor will the Decatur fire department. Decatur sanitation will not pick up your trash. You can't get a Decatur business license or a Decatur building permit. Decatur zoning does not apply nor does Decatur code enforcement. You can't vote for Decatur's mayor or city council. Your kids can't attend Decatur schools. Hell, your dog can't even be in a Decatur dog park. On the plus side, our property taxes are dramatically lower. You do, however get your mail through the Decatur post office, so if the USPS is your standard, then Decatur does extend south and east (and north).
Keith April 07, 2014 at 06:41 PM
FSG then why does that area carry the Decatur name and zip code? Has city leadership commented on the situation or looked at improving that area to more closely resemble the vibe and feel of Decatur?
Ari Meier April 10, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Keith, this is because the USPS assigned these areas Decatur zip codes long ago. Zip codes and city limits are almost never contiguous. This is quite common. For instance, I work in the city of Sandy Springs, in the city proper, but my zip code is an Atlanta zip code. Although the Sandy Springs police serve us. The reality is that people rarely have issues with this until property values and sense of pride is an issue. This is normal and nothing is wrong with feeling that way. As recent as 40 years ago, these outside the city of Decatur areas were prestigious suburban addresses. Things started socially and economically changing over the years, but the USPS never changed the zip code designations.

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