Armed Citizen Sees Wanted Man At Georgia Laundromat, Shoots Him

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An armed robbery suspect was shot during a confrontation with a laundromat customer on Tuesday morning.

Fort Oglethorpe, GA – A Georgia Walgreens robbery suspect was shot by a citizen early Tuesday morning, after the citizen recognized him as a wanted man and called police.

Fort Oglethorpe police had been searching for 28-year-old Shaun Sisk since about midnight on April 24, when he allegedly committed an armed robbery at a Walgreens store, the department said.

Investigators released a photo of Sisk on their Facebook page, and asked members of the public to call with any information regarding his whereabouts.

On Tuesday morning, a customer at the Wash Daze Coin Laundry in Fort Oglethorpe spotted Sisk inside the business, recognized him from the new releases, and contacted the police, the Times Free Press reported.

A confrontation subsequently erupted between Sisk and the unnamed citizen, as he tried to keep Sisk at the scene while officers responded, Fort Oglethorpe Police Chief Mike Helton told the Times Free Press.

"The confrontation resulted in the citizen firing two shots from their personal firearm at Mr. Sisk, while during the incident the citizen perceived they were endangered by Mr. Sisk's actions," Chief Helton explained.

Sisk then fled in a stolen Toyota pickup, and headed north into Tennessee, WTVC reported.

He ultimately crashed the vehicle outside a residence in East Ridge, prompting the homeowner to call the police.

Officers arrived at the scene at approximately 7:20 a.m., and found Sisk with a gunshot wound to his arm, the Times Free Press reported.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds, and was released several hours later. Sisk was subsequently booked on numerous charges, WTVC reported.

"He was driving a [Toyota] truck that was stolen out of Chattanooga this past weekend and it had some lawn equipment in it that we're trying to track down and see if that was stolen, as well," East Ridge Police Assistant Chief Stan Allen told the Times Free Press.

Chief J.R. Reed noted that Sisk also had “numerous outstanding warrants through several jurisdictions” for offenses including vehicle thefts, robbery, felony evading arrest, burglary and aggravated domestic assault.

He was also wanted out of Red Bank, Chattanooga, and Marion County.

The multi-jurisdictional investigation is ongoing, police said.

Comments (29)
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mauiisl
mauiisl

I love the facial expression, "Yeah, I'm a hopeless loser."

BlackRiflesMatter
BlackRiflesMatter

isnt that how their look normally is..... it's like yea i am f-n guilty

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Kudos to the citizen but please learn to shoot more accurately,
triple tap. 2 to the chest, 1 to the head. Lol.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"Due to the nature of the crime Mr. Sisk is suspected of, it is recommended that if he's sighted, he should not be approached but instead, law enforcement should be notified immediately." Poor compliance with police recommendations by the unnamed citizen, so I really can't condone the unnamed citizen's actions here. Will be trouble for the unnamed citizen if it turns out that Sisk wasn't the one that hit the drugstore.

John-Brown
John-Brown

Stupid Bugger. The police already identified him as the robber. And the warning from the police was for the "sheep" of the community, not the ones that know that they need to take part in protecting their own community and have the means to do it. It must be a joint effort. Go back in the basement and choke on a burger. You are definitely one of the sheep. Leave protecting your own community to the adults, whether they be police or citizens.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Burgers Allday - all that meat must have gone to your head. The citizen did the right thing instead of being a pussy like you.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Their FB post said that he was "suspected," not that he did it. Police can arrest innocent ppl when probable cause exists, but citizens' arrests are treated differently -- if the suspect didn't do it then the citizen is in trouble. Won't be an issue if Sisk really did knock over the drugstore, but we have yet to see the state's evidence. It is a distinct possibility that unnamed citizen could find himself in the same cell as Sisk (which would probably be pretty awkward).

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

[First part of this post was incorrect and is now withdrawn] On the bright side, if Sisk did knock over the drugstore, then there will be no problem. Will be interesting when dispensary owners start doing citizen's arrests . . . will the police be as solicitous as they seem to be here?

John-Brown
John-Brown

No you dumb fuck, the Facebook post stated that the police had a warrant for this man. That is probable cause for the citizen to make an arrest. And yes, I know the police would love if the public stepped up more. The police have no fear of becoming extinct. The thin blue line will always be needed.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This is what it’s going to take and that is get involved helping Law Enforcement to get these thugs off the street. I don’t advise approaching these people but I say don’t fall victim to these people. Protect your family, protect yourself and protect your property!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I don't agree with your rude tone, but you are correct, the FB post did state they have a warrant, and that would mean that the unnamed citizen likely had PC. Will edit my above post to reflect that I was wrong about this.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

However, on a more important note, the attempted citizen's arrest appears to have been illegal under GA law: " "[a] private person may arrest an offender, if the offense is committed in his presence or within his immediate knowledge; and if the offense is a felony and the offender is escaping, or attempting to escape, a private person may arrest him upon reasonable and probable grounds of suspicion." Code § 27-211. The phrases "in his presence" and "within his immediate knowledge" are synonymous and a crime is committed in one's presence if by the exercise of any of his senses he has knowledge of its commission. Forehand v. State, 130 Ga. App. 801, 802 (2) (204 SE2d 516) (1974) " Johnson v. Jackson, 230 SE 2d 756 - Ga: Court of Appeals 1976.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Right, but the arrest does not meet the "in the presence or within his immediate knowledge" requirement, so the attempted arrest is not a valid citizen's arrest under GA law, and is, instead, a criminal assault which escalated into what is, by all appearances, attempted murder.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

No, the offense has to be committed in the citizen's presence. That is what the language of the statute says.

Rldeming
Rldeming

I guess you missed the part that stated "committed a felony and was attempting to escape"!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

That does not excuse the presence / immediate knowledge requirement, which was not met here. I guess the next step for sisk is to file an assault complaint so that the police have to act.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

You are both wrong.
Lets address the legal part 1st -
Hamburglar is correct but he missed a crucial part of the story. The shooting is covered under self defense! The article stated ,"while during the incident the citizen perceived they were endangered by Mr. Sisk's actions," Chief Helton explained. " Were it not for that crucial part, the local DA could charge. And then the citizen's biggest concern would be the succesful civil rights lawsuit filed by the POS.
As far as the moral part : give this citizen a parade and the key to the city!

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

All of you cowboys out there make me laugh.
None of you have been sued in a pussy democrat court system.
If youre gonna shoot someone, youd better have additional justification like this citizen did.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Quiz question:
What political party passed the laws that make it possible for POS like this to sue good citizens?

DocRyder
DocRyder

Good grief. Please stop. You are wrong and acting the jackass won't change that. The "citizen" was stupid to engage a wanted felon and lucky to be alive - armed or not. The appropriate action, if any, was to try tell dispatch he left, which way he went and mode of transport if any. We really don't need vigilanties.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

As far as self defense, DocRyder nailed that. You don't get to start a fight (or a kidnapping) and then claim self-defense. That, and the police have not specified any specific actions on the part of Sisk that would have required self-defense. Could be time to bring in an outside agency because it looks like the locals messed this one up pretty bad.

wbk
wbk

Do you get a kick out of being a gigantic douche-bag?


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