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Report shows customer, robbery suspect had gunfight during MOD Pizza robbery attempt

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Report shows customer, robbery suspect had gunfight during MOD Pizza robbery attempt

A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Greater Decatur, GA — A newly released incident report sheds new light on the shooting of a suspect during an attempted armed robbery at a local pizza restaurant.

The customer who shot the suspect traded gunfire with him before fatally striking the man, who was identified as Ontario Davis, 24. The customer who shot and killed Davis is a 46-year-old Atlanta man who was a customer inside the restaurant. Decaturish is not identifying the customer because he was not charged with a crime. A message left with him was not immediately returned.

DeKalb County Police responded to 2502 Blackmon Drive around 10 p.m. on Jan. 28 in response to an armed robbery. The address is for MOD Pizza.

“When [police] arrived, they found the male suspect suffering from gunshot wounds across the street,” a spokesperson for the DeKalb County Police Department said. “Investigators believe the suspect was shot by someone inside the location after the suspect attempted to [rob] it. The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.”

The police report says the customer told the officers he was sitting inside the restaurant when Davis entered and pulled out a black pistol. Davis pointed it at the employees and told them to get on the ground, and they dropped to the floor. He then pointed his gun at the customer and told him to do the same. Davis turned to the employees and said, “One of y’all get up and get the money out of the register.”

When Davis’ back was turned, the customer pulled out his weapon, pointed it at Davis and told him to drop his gun. Davis turned toward the customer and began shooting. The two exchanged shots until Davis dropped to the floor. The report says Davis managed to stumble through the door of the restaurant. The customer then locked the door of the business and waited for the police. The customer told officers he wasn’t sure if he’d hit Davis. No one else inside the restaurant was injured, the police report says.

Police found Davis after a man driving through the neighborhood found him lying in the street and flagged down a police officer. He matched the description of the robbery suspect and police found a pistol two feet away from his body. Davis did not have a pulse. He later died, police said.

MOD Pizza’s corporate office has declined to comment on the incident.

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