VIDEO: Suspect Fires Shot During Robbery, Off-Duty Cop Fires A Lot More

An off-duty Pine Lake Police Department officer fatally shot a rampaging gunman inside a liquor store on New Year's Eve.

Stone Mountain, GA – An armed robber was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer during a liquor store holdup on New Year’s Eve (video below).

“That’s why we hire the officers to protect the customers,” Big John’s Package Store owner Elias Gabi told WSB. “Very thankful…Could have been much worse.”

The incident occurred at approximately 11:02 p.m., when an unidentified man with a bandana over his face barged into the liquor store and “fired a shot,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) said in a press release.

“I'm behind the cash register helping a customer out,” employee Ture Ayanno told WSB. “Guy comes in, points a gun at me, says, 'Everybody get down.'”

The off-duty Pine Lake Police Department officer was working as a security guard for the store, and rose up from his chair near the back of the store when the gunman stormed in, security footage showed.

Ayanno said he doesn’t think the assailant had even finished issuing his demands before the officer returned fire, WSB reported.

Customers inside the store ducked down as the gunman turned heel and ran back out the door, knocking a customer down in the process, the video showed.

The entire encounter transpired in mere seconds.

The suspect, who investigators are still trying to identify, collapsed outside the store, according to the GBI press release.

He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ayanno said he doesn’t recall having ever seen the attacker inside the store in the past.

“Just from watching the video it shows he's probably never been here before,” he told WSB. “He didn't even know which door to open. I feel like he's never been here before. I've never seen him.”

Ayanno said he was very thankful that the off-duty police officer was handling the store’s security that night.

“Definitely saved us from a lot of casualties and we’re thankful for that,” he said.

Gabi said he contacted the officer to express his appreciation for his heroic service.

No one but the gunman was injured during the altercation.

You can watch surveillance footage of the officer’s encounter with the masked gunman in the video below:

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David Hips
David Hips

One more gunman who doesn't have the ability to appear in court.

Superboomer
Superboomer

58 mins to 2019. Well, 2019 is off to a good start minus one thug! His New Years resolution ~ one more armed robbery then stop being a thug......

Skystriker
Skystriker

What a way to go last day of the year with holes and 6ft under smh A job application would have fared better🤔 instead taking what's not yours

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

If Nancy Reagan were still with us she'd now be saying "Just say no to thugs"

4theblu
4theblu

Lightning response and great accuracy.

tomcd
tomcd

Great response by the Officer. He should get a medal for his actions.

slo1942
slo1942

Perfect outcome to what could have been a tragedy.

VicG
VicG

Outstanding!!!

1BigBlu22
1BigBlu22

Outstanding accuracy.....Outstanding

Kevcali
Kevcali

What are all these people saying great accuracy? His first shot took out a case of wine, Damn good thing dude in light blue didn't get it too. Great outcome, but dangerous actions

ghar
ghar

two thumbs up!

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Serious question for police officers: would you have taken the shot? It seems like there was the potential for at least 1 innocent bystander to be hit. Seems like tough decision to make in a millisecond: do you shoot and risk collateral damage, or not shoot and risk bad guy shooting people. I conceal carry and pray to never have to do it, but then again I'm not trained. Just curious what trained officers think. @LEO0301