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Man, 21, shot to death by police during AutoZone robbery has been identified

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A 21-year-old man was shot to death during a struggle with police as he was attempting to leave the business he had allegedly just robbed after holding several employees hostage in Chamblee. And police said he committed similar armed robberies in several other counties.

The deceased suspect was identified Wednesday as Broderick Lyndon Johnson, according to Chamblee police. Investigators said he was a suspect in several other similar hostage/armed robberies in DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties.

The incident happened shortly before midnight Monday at the AutoZone at 4863 Buford Hwy. near Chamblee Tucker Road, police spokesman Capt. Ernesto Ford said. Officers responded to the scene after getting a report of an armed robbery in progress at the business. They were also told several hostages were being held at the location, Ford said.

Officers arrived and were setting up a perimeter when they encountered the armed suspect at the door as he was attempting to leave the business, Ford said.

“A struggle ensued and the suspect was fatally wounded after being shot by the responding officers,” Ford said. One of the officers was slightly grazed during the incident, he said.

At least one officer had chased the suspect through the door, police said. The officer attempted to tackle the suspect and they both crashed through the front door, police Chief Donny Williams told Channel 2 Action News. A second officer realized the man was armed and shot and killed him, he said.

The hostages told police that the suspect entered the store brandishing a handgun and demanded he be taken to the area where the store safe was located, Ford said. The suspect ordered the store manager to tie up the other store employees and then ordered him to open the safe, the captain said.

But one of the hostages was able to break free and called 911 for help, Ford said. The gunman eventually found the hiding employee but only after he called 911

In accordance with the department’s policy, the GBI and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office were notified and the GBI is handling the investigation into the shooting, Ford said.

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