DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Two teens are charged with the murder of a man police said was killed while trying to buy a drone on the app "Letgo."
Sam Norman, 51, was found slumped in his pickup truck on Indian Manor Drive in Stone Mountain, Georgia, on March 3 after attempting to use "Letgo."
Allegedly, Cicero Smith, 18, and a 15-year-old accomplice were trying to rob Norman, police said.
Detectives think that when Norman was confronted by Smith and the other teen, he fought back, firing rounds from his own weapon in the shootout that killed him.
Dekalb County Police told Channel 2's Liz Artz, that the 15-year-old suspect has held people at gunpoint before and is also the suspect in at least one other armed robbery.
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The tragic death leads officials to remind people that any time you want to meet a stranger for the purpose of buying or selling something, meet in a public place.
Police Maj. Steven Fore said the company behind "LetGo" acted quickly to help in the investigation.
"We subpoenaed the registrant information from "LetGo" out of Sweden. Detectives received that information and were able to go through the sorted information put in there to try to lead detectives on another trail," Fore said.
Police told Artz one of the suspects lived within 100 yards of where the robbery and shooting took place.
Norman's family posted his picture to Facebook asking for continued prayers. They also made a public statement after the arrest of the two teenage boys:
"Sam was a fantastic husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He leaves behind a devastated family who continues to try to grieve and learn a new normal without him in our lives. We are grateful to DeKalb County Police for working extremely hard to investigate this senseless crime and capture these two suspects. Our family will continue to work with the authorities throughout this process. We ask that our privacy be respected moving forward."
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