COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Family members said they may take legal action after police shot and killed a chase suspect.
Police said the man robbed a Woodstock gas station before leading them on a chase on Interstate 575. They said they tried to stop him, but he refused. Relatives said officers didn’t need to use deadly force.
“He'd fallen on hard times and he felt like he couldn't do it anymore,” the man’s daughter, Jessica Cooper, said.
Her father, identified by state investigators as 53-year-old Jerry Cundy, died after being shot Sunday. Police would not confirm which agency was behind the shooting, but Woodstock and Cobb County police, along with county sheriff’s deputies were involved in the chase.
Authorities also said the suspect and his vehicle matched the description in another armed robbery in Cobb County earlier in the day.
“I know he robbed some stores, but he's a father. He's not that kind of man,” Cooper said.
Cooper said deputies were investigating a robbery had already arrived at the family home by the time the chase started, and Cundy's wife told them all he had was a broken pellet gun.
“There wasn't enough communication going on and they shot my dad when he got out of the car,” Cooper said.
She also said Cundy had tried to call his wife during the chase, but deputies told his wife not to pick up the phone.