Busi­ness owner thwarts armed rob­bery at­tempt

The sus­pect is shot af­ter the ap­pli­ance store owner wres­tles away the gun.

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - From press re­lease

An at­tempted armed rob­bery at a Cedar­town ap­pli­ance store was thwarted by the busi­ness owner.

Ac­cord­ing to Cedar­town Po­lice, a man wear­ing a ski mask ap­proached Rudy Wood’s Ap­pli­ance and Home Fur­nish­ing store owner, Phil Smith, at ap­prox­i­mately 6:30 p.m. on Tues­day, Jan. 2. The store was in the process of clos­ing for the evening. The sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as for­mer em­ployee Matt Bridges, bran­dished a hand­gun and de­manded money as Smith was lock­ing up the store. A strug­gle en­sued, and Smith was able to wres­tle the hand­gun from the sus­pect. Smith fired the gun, hit­ting the sus­pect in the back.

Bridges was trans­ported to a Rome area hospi­tal for treat­ment. His con­di­tion was not known at press time. Cedar­town Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, and fur­ther up­dates will be pro­vided as they be­come avail­able.

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