DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A carjacking and shooting came to an end on I-285 at Chamblee-Tucker Road Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the chase started around 4 p.m. in DeKalb's Glencroft neighborhood near Panola Road when two men tried to block Luther Tookes' car in.
Kelvin Brown, 23, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated assault on a police officer. Police also charged 25-year-old Justin Williams with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault.
Tookes is in amazing spirits considering how close he came to death.
“I got a little headache from the four staples they put in my head. They said it was pretty close. Bullet grazed my scalp,” Tookes said.
Tookes was bringing his grandson home from school when they noticed this strange car.
“Black guy started walking toward the car. It didn’t look right. I told my grandson to get down,” Tookes said. “Soon as I seen him pull out the gun, I put it in reverse and rammed their car.”
Both Tookes’ and the suspects' vehicles were damaged by the gunfire.
“They shot at me as I was backing out, five and six times. Lucky it missed me and my grandson,” Tookes said.
He then saw his chance to get his own gun.
“I pulled into the grass back there and then pulled my gun and fired a couple times,” Tookes said.
The military veteran’s training kicked in and Tookes’ family said it saved the 9-year-old’s life.
“I didn’t know if they were going to rob me. I don’t know if they were going to let me and my grandson live so I wasn’t taking any chances,” Tookes said.
Police say the two men ran from the scene and then carjacked an AT&T driver at The Crossing Shopping Center.
Police started chasing the men in the stolen van.
The pursuit ended on Interstate 285 near Chamblee Tucker, where both men were taken into custody. The men have been identified as Justin Williams and Kelvin Brown.
Tookes is expected to be OK.
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