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First Georgia Fatal Police Shooting of 2019

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jan 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

It is the first day of 2019, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has already started an investigation into a fatal police shooting that occurred late last night.

According to reports, a man attempted to rob a liquor store in Stone Mountain last night by entering the shop and pointing a gun at all of the occupants demanding that they all get on the ground. An off-duty police officer immediately fired his firearm at the man.

The man was later taken to Grady and pronounced dead. As of right now, the man has not been identified.

Armed Robbery in Georgia

The Georgia Code defines armed robbery in Georgia in the following statute…

A person commits the offense of armed robbery when, with intent to commit theft, he or she takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another by use of an offensive weapon, or any replica, article, or device have the appearance of such weapon. O.C.G.A. §16-8-41.

An armed robbery conviction is a felony conviction in Georgia. There is a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison. There is the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty as the maximum penalty.

Practice Note

There are Georgia Criminal Defenses that can apply in the case of a wrongful accusation of armed robbery. These defenses include but are not limited to:

  • No actual robbery
  • Self defense
  • Misidentification
  • No weapon used

If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today. Schedule a consultation with a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer today.

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