Bank robber fatally shot by off-duty deputy



STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - A man shot trying to rob a Stone Mountain bank died from his injuries, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Adrion Bell of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri that Eric Roberts tried to rob the Capitol City Bank in Stone Mountain.

An off-duty investigator with the sheriff's office was inside the bank conducting personal business when Roberts pulled his gun.

Bell said the investigator verbally confronted Roberts, who didn't comply.

"He felt like he was threatened; shots were fired. The suspect was struck," Bell said.

The investigator was dressed in plainclothes and was scheduled to work later in the day.

"I heard a single gunshot and then I heard a noise on the left side of the building," customer Al Rawls told Viteri.

Rawls said he was walking into the bank as the shooting happened.

Witnesses said once he was shot, Roberts broke through a window and tried to run away.

"I could see the officer. He was waving his hand to dial 911. Hurry up. And he was standing over the guy with his pistol, you know, pointing at him," Rawls said.

No customers or employees inside the bank were hurt. An ambulance took Roberts to the hospital but he didn't survive.

Bell told Viteri the investigator who shot Roberts will be placed on routine administrative leave.

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