GBI IDs Man Killed in I-75 Chase

Jerome George “Jerry” Cundy of Woodstock led Cherokee and Cobb authorities on a chase after he allegedly robbed a Woodstock convenience store Sunday morning.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the man killed Sunday in an as 53-year-old Jerome George “Jerry” Cundy of Woodstock.

Cundy allegedly robbed a Woodstock convenience store Sunday morning, then led Cobb and Cherokee law enforcement on a chase from a Marathon station on Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock and down I-75, to just south of the North Marietta Parkway. 

Police stopped the vehicle there, and Cundy aimed his gun at officers, who shot and killed him, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead offered no other details in the case, which remains under investigation.

Southbound I-75 traffic was halted at the North Marietta Parkway around 11 a.m. Sunday. Lanes did not reopen until shortly after 5 p.m. Various traffic reports during the I-75 closure indicated the backup went as far north as Kennesaw, five miles away.

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Nora Gardner September 10, 2012 at 06:06 PM
News photos showed a law enforcement vehicle pressed into the driver's side door. How could the suspect have jumped out of the car holding a gun if the police car had the door blocked?
Nora McBurney September 10, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Where do you see it says he jumped out of the car? It says he pointed a gun at office and he could do that very easily sitting inside the car.
Veronica Hughes September 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Are you really that ignorant to think someone desperate to escape would limit themselves to going out the drivers door? Get a grip.
Justacomment September 10, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Let see a high speed chase for an alleged convinence store robbery and shutting down the interstate...Sound like a great way to kill innocent people. So typical of the police , idiots!
Nora Gardner September 10, 2012 at 08:31 PM
My Fox Atlanta news report says: "Police say the man got out of the stopped vehicle and pointed a gun at them. That's when they say the officers opened fire on the man, killing him." http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/19496759/chase-deadly-officer-involved-shooting-closes-i-75-for-hours
Rodney Thrash September 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Yes, that's what this story said, Nora. "Police stopped the vehicle there, and Cundy aimed his gun at officers, who shot and killed him, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Sunday."
secret_squirrel September 10, 2012 at 09:10 PM
It is sad that the police are the judge, jury and executioners. I mean, what happened to self restraint. The cops wear bullet proof vests, not civilians. Even if he pointed the gun, he didnt even get off one shot. Woodstock cops are a bunch of REDNECKS looking for any excuse to shoot their guns
Jennifer Philhower September 10, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Wow. They were doing their jobs, and the man COMMITTED A CRIME and had a gun. If I were them I would have done the same thing. They put their lives on the line every day. If anyone pulls a gun on the police, expect to get shot. Dumb move on the CRIMINALS part.
Sherri Stapleton September 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM
The people making judgement on the law enforcement needs to get a grip!!! My husband and I were on 75 a mile before the shooting occurred. The chase went past us and the police were taking all precautions to safely stop the vehicle but this man was a danger to all involved!!! We were witnesses and he was not innocent in his actions...thank God more people were not seriously injured!
lifelong resident September 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
this may be far fetched....but would NOT being a thief prevented this? just asking.
secret_squirrel September 11, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I would love to see what the people would say about the so called "law enorcement's decision" if this was a family member of theirs!!! Easy to say the cops were right when it does not affect you directly. He is not a friend or family member of mine, but he was a living, breathing human being. He was not in the right frame of mind. He diddnt kill or hurt anyone. He ran from the cops. Does that warrant death????? There are child rapists and murderers living a nice life behind bars bu all this guy did was rob a Marathon.. Who cares? Their gas sucks anyway! He was a son, a father and a sibling. So what he flew past you on the highway. He didnt hurt you and you did not see wha happened after the police stopped him. No police officer has the right to shoot unless fired upon. I wish all of you JURORS a happy ad healthy life...
Carla Palmieri September 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
So...someone points a gun at you and you're NOT going to shoot yours to protect yourself? You are going to wait until they shoot your carotid artery and you die before you shoot back? Kevlar vests only protect your chest and mid section...not your neck, legs, arms or head. Don't point a gun at anyone and not expect to get shot at! Not to mention, all the innocent drivers who don't have protection, that could have died if the criminal had opened fire! By the way, aiming a gun at an officer makes you guilty! Kudos to the officers involved and may God bless them in their mental recovery from this incident that forced them to shoot one man to protect the rest of us from that man's actions!
steve September 11, 2012 at 01:29 PM
@ secret squirrel. Really if u were an officer and a armed robber pulled a gun and pointed it at you do u really think you would let him fire at you? If so you would be dead dead dead.
Dawg September 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Let's see.... armed robbery, running from police while armed on a busy Bells Ferry road to a busy I-75, getting out of the stopped car while armed and pointing the weapon at police after getting out of the car. You lose your right to a trial when you point a weapon at police officers.
tj September 13, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Thru family friends he was holding a pellet gun. Which the officers knew they had reached the family knowing who he was and that he was down and out they could have waited until he got home and then picked hum up.
Woodstock Citizen October 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
OCGA 17-4-20(b) Sheriffs and peace officers who are appointed or employed in conformity with Chapter 8 of Title 35 may use deadly force to apprehend a suspected felon only when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect possesses a deadly weapon or any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; when the officer reasonably believes that the suspect poses an immediate threat of physical violence to the officer or others; or when there is probable cause to believe that the suspect has committed a crime involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical harm. Nothing in this Code section shall be construed so as to restrict such sheriffs or peace officers from the use of such reasonable nondeadly force as may be necessary to apprehend and arrest a suspected felon or misdemeanant.
Woodstock Citizen October 06, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Now, I pose a question to those of you who question why the officers did not wait until he shot at them. If someone was pointing a gun at you, would you want the officer wait until he shot you to do something? Or would you rather they be proactive about the situation? In regards to the vest remark. Those vests only cover SOME of your vital organs. They only cover from the belly button to below the collar bone. Fun fact! They don't stop everything! You say this man had a family... So do those officers. Each day they put that uniform on (to protect those who are grateful and ungrateful) their families know there is a chance they won't be coming home at the end of shift. I thank God those officers were able to make it home to kiss and hug their family. That man knew what he was doing when he pointed his gun at those officers. How about you educate yourselves before you pass judgement. And without knowing the details of the case. I'm proud to live in a city where those cops are only a phone call away.
Justacomment October 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Why not shoot him in the leg. Oh yeah that would be no fun!
wildthing October 10, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Well I told myself not to read all this stuff but I am glad I did. Thank you so much for your comments. There seems to be more intellegent comments than ignorant ones. Jerry was a wonderful man! He does have a huge family. Two sisters are police officers. There is more to the story than you know. Jerry was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend to many. Everyone that knew him was shocked at what happened. It just wasn't him to do this. Please for his wife of 31 years and for two of his grandchildren he was raising, PLEASE think before you spout your mouth off with mean cruel comments. To tj - I guess he does lose his right to a trial cause he is dead STUPID! To Dawg - he IS dead dead dead. To steve - you are being ignorant! To justacomment - please keep your comments to yourself! you contradicted yourself twice! You have no idea what you are talking about.
Jessica cooper January 06, 2013 at 06:08 AM
To all those that made horrible comments about my father don't even know the real story. Just to let u know the police knew it was a fake toy gun! They knew that from seeing the video camera at Walgreens where the side of the gun was missing. There was also 2 hours between the two stores. Don't u think that if he was dangerous that he would have hurt someone at those stores. Only The Lord can judge. Thanks daddy for accepting god in your heart before things went bad. The police are covering up their story as always. Plus u had three different cities and counties involved. They shot him once in the shoulder which spun him around. If they were that close,then why couldn't they grab him after that first shot from them. They signed up to use their guns... But how come someone kills someone and locks themselves in their home gets to walk out without no harm? I find it a little crazy


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