Suspect identified in deadly officer-involved shooting that closed I-75
by Fox 5 Atlanta
September 10, 2012 01:40 PM | 7368 views | 12 12 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Police say the suspect who was shot and killed on Interstate 75 in Marietta following a chase from Woodstock on Sunday had robbed at gunpoint two separate stores in two counties earlier in the morning.

A spokesperson for the Cobb County Police Department tells FOX 5 News that the suspect entered the Walgreens on the corner of Bells Ferry and Hawkins Store roads just after 8 a.m. Sunday. They say it was the same man who would rob the Marathon gas station on Bells Ferry and Victoria roads in Woodstock just an hour and a half later.

A lookout was broadcast to area law enforcement which led to officers with the Woodstock Police Department eventually catching up with the suspect on Interstate 575 near Bells Ferry Road. The suspect's refusal to stop for officers prompted a multi-agency pursuit southbound onto Interstate 75. The suspect was able to elude police for about seven despite several attempts by the different agencies to perform the PIT maneuver. 

One of the officers was finally successful in stopping the vehicle on Interstate 75 near South Marietta Parkway. That is when officers say the man pointed a gun at them, prompting them to shoot and kill him.  The highway was closed for nearly six hours while investigators worked to reconstruct the scene.

On Monday afternoon, the GBI identifed the suspect as 53-year-old Jerome George "Jerry" Cundy of Woodstock.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is looking into the shooting. The Cobb County Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are investigating the robberies.

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Jessica Cooper
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September 30, 2012
Well its great to hear that people could care less about the family in this situation. That was my father...he fell on hard times. For all you to know that they didnt put in the newspapers was that my father called my mother on her cell phone in middle of the chase but the cherokee county police at the house took her phone and didnt allow her to answer it! Now maybe that could've helped some of you that were so worried about traffic at the time of my father was laying on the road face first for damn two hours to where we couldnt view his body please of it. I never thought that my father would be able to do what he did. but he didnt hurt anyone. by the way he didnt even have the time to put the pellet gun up to the police. I hope and pray that some of you gain some heart and realize that people have fallen on hard times. my father owned many sunroom companys at one time and lost everything. I even have recovered stage 3 cervical cancer because of him finding gas money to get me to where i needed to be. he was a great man. i know that he accepted christ in his heart a week before this happened. I hope that you all understand that this all was made out bad but we still dont have all the facts...really? also just to let you know that two of his sisters are police officers in florida. my dad's father also was a firefighter captain in miami and helped pass the heart and lung bill for them and officers. my dad would help anyone out when he was well off. it makes me cry to know that someone would care about the traffic before a mans life. thanks, Jessica Cooper-Cundy
anonymous
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September 12, 2012
I agree that they had to stop him from doing more robbries and driving in excessive speeds.

However they could have stopped him by disarming him. Shoot the gun from his hand and arm.

They did not have to kill him. This is not a good thing. I realize you cannot tell what type gun he had, but there are ways to stop with out shooting and killing.

Apparently the police departments were wanting to kill someone and he happen to be there.

Many times I am sure that they have to shoot to kill, but in many cases it appears that there are other means of getting the bad guy without killing.

I feel sorry for the family, he apparently needed to get items or funds and the state or county would not provide assistance. I know people who try to get help and cannot because they try to help themselves. But because they try to help themselves they receive nothing. There are some that seem to get all the help and don't make a effort to help themselves.
OnlyInAmerica99
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September 18, 2012
anonymous...you're an idiot. i guess it would have been okay for him to shoot and kill the police officer if the officer would have missed his hand that held the gun because you probably would say he was only defending himself after being shot at.

liberal whack job!
Of course
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September 11, 2012
The plus side is that it all happened on Sunday morning which would have the least impact on commerce during the week, I think anyway, but I could be wrong. Powdertowner is right, the family will sue. The family is already saying the police should have ASSUMED it was a pellet gun (they said at his wife supposedly told deputies he had a pellet gun) and used other means to stop him because he wasn't "that kind of guy."

Really?! The end result of that would the officer's family being notified that their loved one had died because he assumed the bad guy had a pellet gun and the suspect looked like a mighty fine fella out there robbing stores! I mean everyone knows that if you have a pellet gun, you can't have another real one, right? *insert sarcasm* Sounds like "suicide by cop" to me.

Last point...GBI has to process a crime scene and cannot exactly choose the location of the crime scene, I think we can all bear with it for a few hours and thank GOD it does not happen more often. They have to get their people and equipment out there, set up, do their thing, break down and then can leave. Maybe everyone should be mad at the robber for causing the situation and not the GBI for cleaning up his mess. Pretty sure GBI would rather be hopme with their families on a Sunday rather than looking at another dead body. Crime and it's aftermath is an inconvenience to everyone, but I can understand the frustration. I think maybe a traffic plan could have developed in that time to get people off 75 and to side roads.

anonymous
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September 10, 2012
I agree shot guy was a scumbag, take a few pics and move on. Why close down a huge, major interstate highway for 6 hours to play with new 3D imaging toys @ GBI.

Reminds me of the time CCPD shut down I75 to chase the non-existent bank robber based on faulty sensor info.

A time and place for everything. That is not one of them.
Rethink
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September 10, 2012
In situations like this, law enforcement should not be allowed to shutdown a main, interstate highway. The bad guy was caught, pulled gun, and then was shot. Drag the guy out of the way and keep the traffic flowing.

What did this huge delay cost in wasted fuel and delayed commerce traffic? Could be over a million dollars if you figure in everything. Dumb.
full of disgust
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September 10, 2012
Are you serious? You are complaining about the loss of wasted fuel and delayed commerce traffic? This man could have killed the clerks at the stores he robbed. He could have killed an officer or another bystander while waving his gun around. And your main concern is the wasted fuel and delay in traffic?

I see where the value of human life ranks on your scale.

Is this really what America is coming to?

Powdertowner
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September 10, 2012
I'm sure law enforcement had to make sure they got every tiny thread of evidence because you know that the criminal's relatives are going to sue the police department for his death.
100% agree
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September 10, 2012
I completely agree me an a co worker were stuck in that traffic for almost 4 and a half hours. I was trying to get him to the airport so he could catch a 2pm flight to LA for work. well he missed his flight and didn't get out of Atlanta until almost 6pm now with a layover that got him to LA at 9pm local instead of 4pm local. i know it cost me 25 dollars in gas from sitting still for 4 hours. As long as they have dash cam footage showing the guy pulling a gun to me its a slam dunk case of self defense for the cop.

as to the full of disgust reply your points are invalid completely since the guy was killed there is no one to hold on trial so there is no need for an investigation that shuts down one of the busiest interstates in the entire country for a lowlife thief.
Sigh
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September 10, 2012
Boo hoo hoo, so what if you had to sit in traffic. There are many ways to get to the airport or wherever you want to go. If you don't know another way, you're an idiot.
Rethink
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September 10, 2012
Thank you @100% agree. I have no clue what @full of disgust is talking about. Why do we need to shutdown a major interstate to investigate thendeath of a perp who has drawn a weapon on the police? Everyone is extremely lucky that the chase did not end up killing other motorists. My one million dollar estimate in lost fuel and delayed trucking commerce and missed flights should probably be more like ten million dollars. This isn't good when we are all in a major recession. Again, law makers and law enforcement need to make changes in policy when something like this happens again. Don't blame police officers for shooting a person who has endangered hundreds of lives in a few minutes. Cars are more deadly than guns.
Southern Patriot
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September 10, 2012
It's great to read a story with a happy ending, if only there were more of them.
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