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A man who Union City Police allege tried to steal from behind the register of a QuikTrip, then fired eight rounds into the air, is in custody.

According to UCPD spokesman Officer Jerome Turner Jr., officers responded to the QT at 4745 Jonesboro Road “in reference to a black male attempting to steal merchandise from behind the register,” but employees kicked the man out of the store before the police got there.

“Shortly thereafter, UCPD Patrol Division received a call at BMW Motors (4171 Jonesboro Road) in regards to an active shooter on location,” Turner said in a press release. “Units were detoured from the theft incident and converged on the BMW location. Once officers arrived on scene, BMW employees were actively engaged in restraining an unknown black male. Officers released the employees from the male subject and detained the male. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the male subject was identified as the person responsible for the attempted theft at the QT gas station. The subject was also identified as the male subject that began to discharge 8 rounds from a handgun into the air of the parking area.”

According to Turner, no one was injured at either the QT or at BMW, and “UCPD wants to thank the brave men and women employees for their quick response and sacrifice in subduing the subject until we arrived.”

The police department is seeking warrants against the suspect for armed robbery, aggravated assault, theft by receiving, and possession of firearm during commission of a felony. Turner said the charges “will be escalated as each victim is a separate charge.”

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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