Deputy told restaurant robber to stop before firing fatal shot

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An off-duty investigator working special security duty at an Augusta fast-food restaurant fatally shot a bandit Monday night when he did not halt after robbing the manager.

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Joseph Augustus Gooden Jr.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength told a press briefing today that Investigator Tim Tobias shot Joseph Gooden, 26, of the 3000 block of Golden Way, after he had robbed the Captain D's restaurant on Wrightsboro Road.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, and Investigator Tobias, 41, a 21-year veteran, has been placed on administrative duty.

According to an account provided by the sheriff and others, Mr. Gooden ran into the restaurant between 7:30 and 8 p.m., pointed what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun at a female employee and demanded cash.

The woman fled to the restaurant's office, where the manager was counting money. Mr. Gooden followed, pointed his gun, which turned out to be an air rifle or "BB" gun, at the manager's head and took the money.

Investigator Tobias confronted Mr. Gooden as he tried to leave the restaurant and told him to halt. When he kept coming, witnesses said, the uniformed deputy fired, striking Mr. Gooden.

The suspect collapsed and was later pronounced dead at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Four employees and two customers were in the store at the time of the robbery.

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mover5
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mover5 11/25/08 - 10:10 am
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stupid, studpid, stupid!

stupid, studpid, stupid!

SilentJ
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SilentJ 11/25/08 - 10:26 am
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you play with fire your

you play with fire your liable to get burned

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/25/08 - 10:52 am
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Life snuffed out, sad, Lord

Life snuffed out, sad, Lord have mercy.

methree
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methree 11/25/08 - 10:53 am
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i feel sorry for the deputy.

i feel sorry for the deputy. another somebody trying for a free christmas-too bad!

gosh
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gosh 11/25/08 - 11:12 am
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maybe one day these thugs

maybe one day these thugs will learn

augdowg
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augdowg 11/25/08 - 11:15 am
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THAT one leared...a little

THAT one leared...a little too late...I pray for the deputy..

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 11/25/08 - 11:18 am
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I'm sure there are some who

I'm sure there are some who feel sorry for the robber. However, IMO he should have been prepared to get what he got when he showed up to rob the place with a weapon!

SilentJ
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SilentJ 11/25/08 - 11:25 am
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methree why do you feel sorry

methree why do you feel sorry for the deputy?

edst4
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edst4 11/25/08 - 11:47 am
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Good going RCSO another scum

Good going RCSO another scum bag down several more to go. That Deputy just earned 1000 points.

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 11/25/08 - 11:55 am
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Silent J, there are actually

Silent J, there are actually some people in this world that DO have a conscience and do NOT relish taking another person's life. For you to even ask such a silly question, I would tend to believe you would NOT know what I nor methree are talking about when we show sympathy for the deputy. I feel sorry for the victim's family, also.

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pizzato 11/25/08 - 12:03 pm
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At least he didn't shoot his

At least he didn't shoot his eye out with that BB gun.

cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 11/25/08 - 12:08 pm
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I'm so grateful to the

I'm so grateful to the officer....Thanks for being there!

illini
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illini 11/25/08 - 12:12 pm
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pizzato, great Christmas

pizzato, great Christmas movie reference, "Christmas Story" and little Ralphie wanting a BB gun. As for the deputy, my prayers are with him that he is able to endure the holiday with a heavy heart. He was acting as a protector of innocent folks. As for the perp, good riddance, you got the gun fight you were looking for.

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 11/25/08 - 12:13 pm
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Cottoncandy16 - My thoughts

Cottoncandy16 - My thoughts and prayers go out to your daughter and to the other young people working last night. My son was in an armed robbery a few years ago, so our family knows what they are going through. God bless the Deputy, too. I'm sure this is a very trying time for him, also. My thoughts and prayers also go out to the family of the decedent. Even though he was in the wrong, it's always hard on the family to lose a loved one.

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reader123 11/25/08 - 12:33 pm
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I am thankful that there was

I am thankful that there was an officer there- how easily the circumstances could have been different. Bless the deputy, and another great job to the RCSO.

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lifelongresidient 11/25/08 - 12:36 pm
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as a black man i say oh

as a black man i say oh well!!! that's one less thug that will be taken care of by my tax dollars for the next 3-5 years then let out of jail to do the same thing. i really don't care if it was a bb gun or his finger stuck in his pocket. if he was working there instead of trying to rob it he would still be alive either just got paid or waiting to get paid for thanxgiving. kudo's to the deputy, and i hope that all have the same type aim. the "now deceased thug" should have stayed in school, it is not a race issue, nor is it anything other than a thug attempted to rob a business, put lives in danger and get shot and killed for his effort. i find the cost of the deputy, training, uniform, weapon and most of all, the "bullet" used to send him on his way is a great return on investment..to the deputy..."keep up the good work...keep your powder dry"

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Pops 11/25/08 - 12:43 pm
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Take him off administrative

Take him off administrative leave now. Case closed.

cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 11/25/08 - 12:51 pm
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meinaugusta2....thank u

meinaugusta2....thank u

august22
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august22 11/25/08 - 12:52 pm
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He has been put on

He has been put on administrave duty NOT leave. That means he's behind a desk until they investigate.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 11/25/08 - 12:52 pm
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In a situation like this, the

In a situation like this, the deputy didn't have time to determine what the robber was carrying. All he knew was he had a weapon. It's a life or death decision, kill or be killed. What if it had be a real gun and the deputy hesitated? There could have been a different outcome, and then we'd all be saying, "That poor deputy." He did what he had to do, nothing more, nothing less.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 11/25/08 - 12:56 pm
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Where is PatriciaThomas with

Where is PatriciaThomas with her witty responses and race baiting? Just doesn't feel right if she's not around shooting her mouth off.

steve-o
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steve-o 11/25/08 - 01:01 pm
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I encourage all young thugs

I encourage all young thugs to start carrying bb guns! It makes you look COOL! they are cheap, and you can get yourself some respect!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 11/25/08 - 01:12 pm
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Thanks for saving us the tax

Thanks for saving us the tax dollars with a wasted trial since all he would do is plea down to criminal trespass. Good riddance POS. Besides he would probably get 10 years probation cause he was a great person. Thats what the family and friends will tell you at least.

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 11/25/08 - 01:12 pm
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I don't care if it was a BB

I don't care if it was a BB gun, plastic gun or whatever. I consider it just one less useless human on this earth. This is the way more things need to be dealt with. Thank you Deputy Tobias, continue the good work. And if any liberals or the ACLU want to complain then I am happy with them meeting the same fate of this useless human.

sardisgirl
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sardisgirl 11/25/08 - 01:21 pm
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i just want to thank this

i just want to thank this investigator for a job well done. you deserve a honor. i am sick and tired of having my hard earn money taken to put trash like this in a place where they have food, shelter , clothing and recreation. i wish there were more of you out there , so this world would be a better place to live. instead, we live in a country who gives criminals more rights than the people that try to live a rightful life.

cottoncandy16
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cottoncandy16 11/25/08 - 01:52 pm
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iamabadamerican....hopefully

iamabadamerican....hopefully he was thinking about how stupid he was.

Queen4842
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Queen4842 11/25/08 - 02:00 pm
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I am sorry but really all of

I am sorry but really all of the congrats need to stop. This was a human life after all. I am not saying what he did was right, just saying good lord folks have some pity for the dead and not to mention for the hard ship more then likely facing the officer right now. I am sure he is (or I hope anyway) he is not taking this as lightly.

Iceman
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Iceman 11/25/08 - 02:20 pm
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Another one bites the dust

Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, Im gonna get you too Another one bites the dust ....................................................I just can't get that tune out of my head....

PTHS225
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PTHS225 11/25/08 - 02:28 pm
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I dunno, he looks rather

I dunno, he looks rather alive in his mug shot. Probably not the first time he strayed......thankfully it was the last. Well done!

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J.W. 11/25/08 - 02:36 pm
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One less floater in the gene

One less floater in the gene pool...That's what happens when there's the potential that someone will shoot back. Criminals are brave when they think they are the only one with a gun (or in this case a fake gun)..Protect the 2nd amendment!

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