Police: Waffle House customer shoots would-be robber

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UNION CITY, Ga. - Police said a customer at a Union City Waffle House shot a man allegedly trying to rob the restaurant Monday.

Chad Pollard told Channel 2's Erica Byfield he didn't have a choice and he had to act.

"When the gun was in my face I just thought I was going to die right then and there," Pollard said.

Union City police said Pollard and other customers were eating inside the Waffle House off Jonesboro Road shortly before 2 a.m. when a man with a black bandana on his face and hood on his head stormed inside with a gun drawn.

"He was just pointing the gun back and forth," Pollard said.

The robber wouldn't know it until later, but Pollard and his childhood friend, Jonathan Sutton, who happens to be an Atlanta police officer, both had guns.

Sutton was off duty and didn't fire, but Pollard did.

"I felt that not only my life, but everyone's life was in danger. So I had to do what I had to do," Pollard said.

He said he fired twice and then they cuffed the suspect on theground.

Pollard said he and Sutton waited for Union City police to arrive.

"Everybody was scared and when I eliminated the threat, everyone felt calm," Pollard said. "He came in and I did what I could."

Pollard told Byfield he used to be an Atlanta firefighter.

Pollard said all he could think about was his family.