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Police come under fire at gun shop outside Atlanta, GA

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Police responding to a break-in at a gun store in Marietta, Ga., were shot at early Tuesday morning during a tense stand off that ended when the county’s SWAT used an armored vehicle to enter the store.

Marietta police Officer Brittany Wallace said no injuries were reported and four suspects have been apprehended at the Deercreek Gunshop.

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Wallace said officers responding to a report of a burglary noticed movement on top of and inside the building, and soon apprehended two suspects.

She said a third suspect inside the business fired on officers, who returned fire, but no one was hit by the gunshots. She said a fourth suspect came out of the business with his hands up.

The store is about 18 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.

Wallace said shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday that police were using an armored police vehicle to make entry into the business and make sure there was no one else inside.

Wallace told FOX 5 that as the scene progressed, someone from inside the gun shop began firing and that’s when police fired back.

“As far as we know, no one was struck and that third suspect has been taken into custody,” she said…

Wallace said she didn’t know exactly how the report was received by police, but she said there were no signs of any type of ambush or attempt to lure officers to the store. Police nationwide have been on high alert in the wake of recent killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

PRMG Analysis

Criminals have always targeted guns to steal in order to then use in crimes.  Stolen guns don’t require a background check, waiting period, or questioning by a licensed firearms dealer who could deny the sale.

We always advise clients and individuals against making the number and type of firearms that you possess publicly known.  In our quick-to-post-to-social media culture it is too easy to broadcast a new gun purchase or show that you are a firearm enthusiast and thus make you a target.

Obviously, a gun store cannot hide the fact that they have an inventory of firearms–it is their raison d’etre.  Yet, gun store owners and employees should remember that they are always a target for theft–especially in light of the rash of shootings and volatile rhetoric surrounding police shootings.

The above case appears to have been an early morning robbery attempt that was foiled by either an alarm or 911 call.  Gun stores should continue to take the necessary precautions in deterring and preventing theft.

  • Those arriving early or leaving the store late should be extra vigilant in observing their surroundings.
  • Employees and managers with access to the alarms should limit who in their social circles know their line of work.
  • Just as bank managers have been targeted, like one recently in Ohio, whose family was held hostage until he went into his bank and withdrew money, gun store managers could be targeted as well by individuals and groups wishing to get their hands on large numbers of firearms and ammunition.
  • As criminal elements become more brazen, our risk mitigation measures must continue to adapt to remain robust.

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