Overview:

Ed. note: On April 13, 2022, Clayton County Police announced they had misidentified Arterio Lerente Crumbley as the suspect, based on witness information. The charges against Crumbley were dropped. CCPD announced that the real suspect is Charles Jakobe Santana Payne, 17, who they say is a known gang member and who they consider armed and dangerous. If you know where Payne is, call CCPD at (770) 477-3747 or dial 911. Law enforcement officials should call Det. T. Moore at (770) 477-3641.


March 13: CCPD says Crumbley is NOT the suspect and have dropped the charges against him in this case.

8:27 p.m.: CCPD says suspect is Arterio Crumbley. 

6 :03 p..m.: Chief Roberts updates officer condition

4:39 p.m.: Suspect “cornered” at apartment complex

4:03 p.m.: CORRECTION: CLARIFIES shooting was at Harbour Food Mart, not QT

UPDATE: 3:56 p.m.: CCPS says officer expected to recover

UPDATE 3:13 p.m.: Harbour Food Mart activity, 3 schools on lockdown

UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: ADDS CCPD Facebook Live video

UPDATE 2:56 p.m.: CCPD CONFIRMS OFFICER SHOT, SUSPECT AT LARGE, AVOID AREA

UPDATE 2:36 p.m.: WSB reports police at Grady Hospital in Atlanta

UPDATE 2:21 p.m. reliable source says CCPD officer shot; ADDS request for confirmation; ADDS College Park PD

Clayton County Police say Arterio Lerente Crumbley, 25, [Ed. note: Charles Jakobe Santana Payne, 17] is their suspect in Tuesday afternoon’s double shooting and armed robbery.

Police say Crumbley [Ed. note: Payne] was last seen wearing an orange/yellow hoodie, orange/yellow sweatpants, and black and white shoes. Police describe him as a Black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 158 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. [ed. note: 6 feet 1 inch tall and 148 pounds, and say he is “a known gang member….known to carry a firearm and should be considered armed and dangerous.”]

If you see him, police say do not approach him— call 911 instead. Anyone with information as to Crumbley’s whereabouts, call the Clayton County Police Department at (770) 473-3747 or your local law enforcement agency.

Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts says the officer who was shot in the stomach while responding to an armed robbery in progress in Riverdale “is up and cracking jokes with the doctor.”

Roberts told The Clayton Crescent, “He should be fine. He will go home today.”

Meanwhile, SWAT teams are looking for the suspect at a nearby apartment complex. Riverdale Road is open again.

CCPD spokesperson Sgt. Julia Isaac said the officer was shot at the Harbour Food Mart at 5436 Riverdale Road and that the suspect remains at large. Isaac urged everyone to avoid the area. Around 4:30 p.m., a news chopper showed Clayton County SWAT officers surrounding an apartment building.

The robbery victim also was shot and is also expected to recover.

At least three area schools are on lockdown as a safety precaution, says CCPS spokesperson Jada Dawkins: Northcutt Elementary, North Clayton Middle and North Clayton High.

The shooting took place near the QT at 5390 Riverdale Road, where a witness reported heavy police activity. However, the incident took place at the nearby Windjammer Center.

CBS46 chopper video showed police going in and out of Harbour Food Mart at 5436 Riverdale Road, where a large area of the parking lot outside the market is taped off with yellow crime scene tape.

In a Facebook Live post, Isaac showed a photo of the suspect who was wearing what appeared to be a yellow suit. She urged anyone who recognizes the man in the photo to call 911.

Because the post was on Facebook Live, it was not possible to download and disseminate the photo immediately.

The source said about 30 Clayton County Police, Clayton County Sheriff’s Department , and College Park Police vehicles, as well as chopper support, were active around the QT on Riverdale Road and Norman Drive, and that they saw police vehicles escorting an ambulance.

WSB-TV reported “a large police presence” at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and that the officer is being treated there.

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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