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.