DeKalb County, Georgia – Fighting for their lives Wednesday, Roy Farrell and his 16-year-old son worked together to overcome a man who had kidnapped them. Farrell, 39, and his young son reportedly seized an opportunity to escape, disarming the suspect and then shooting him multiple times.
The kidnapping occurred outside of their apartment building in Lithonia, GA. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The suspect initially approached the son outside his home and asked for marijuana, according to a police report. When the son, who was not identified, said he didn’t have any, the suspect told the teen to ask his father for a cigarette.
Just as Farrell was about to get the cigarette, the suspect pulled the gun on the son, aimed it at his head and told him not to say anything. When Farrell walked out of the home, police say the suspect demanded his wallet. Farrell, seemingly unprovoked, then told the suspect where he banked.
Lithonia home invasion leads to the death of robbery suspect outside of a bank, police say. How a father & son fought for their lives, @ 4. pic.twitter.com/WhLMBUpTMD
— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) June 28, 2017
Lt. Shane Stanfield of the DeKalb Police Department said the suspect instructed Farrell to drive to an ATM at a SunTrust Bank in the area. Farrrell’s son was forced to take the trip as well.
According to reports, when the group arrived at the bank, the suspect set his down his gun and Farrell acted quickly. He grabbed the weapon, then instructed his son to choke the suspect. The son attempted to disable the would-be robber by choking him, however there was a struggle and Farrell shot the suspect. Police reports indicate the suspect was shot five times.
A witnesses, who reportedly saw the struggle then also heard the shots, called police. They arrived to find the suspect dead. The suspect’s identity has not been made public.
Police questioned Farrell and his son, but they were soon released. DeKalb Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said it was a justifiable shooting and the police do not expect to file any charges.
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