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Robbery suspect leads police on chase

DACULA - One failed robbery attempt, two carjackings and a police chase ended with gunshots Friday afternoon.

After shooting himself in the leg with his own revolver, Newnan resident William Charles Robert Tyree, 33, went to Gwinnett Medical Center where he is in stable condition under police guard.

Tyree allegedly had a busy day. Police say he robbed the Cracker Barrel at 75 Gwinco Blvd. Friday afternoon. He then carjacked a cab driver's maroon Crown Victoria at the Sun Suites hotel a few miles down the road, said Captain Clyde Byers, Suwanee Police Department spokesman.

"The carjacking victim gave us a good description and we had units nearby and were almost able to get behind him immediately," Byers said.

Police say Tyree then sped off on Gwinco Boulevard and took a right on Old Peachtree heading south toward Interstate 85 where he eventually got on and headed north with police in pursuit.

"He headed up north instead of continuing south," Byers said. "Since he's from Newnan, I'm assuming he didn't know his way around because he started heading back towards us and we had units waiting. If he was smart he'd have headed south."

Tyree got off Interstate 85 at the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road exit and by the time he had driven toward Hamilton Mill Road, Braselton Police, Gwinnett County Police and Suwanee Police were waiting for him.

After pulling into the QuikTrip at 2460 Hamilton Mill Road, Tyree jumped out and stole a second occupied car at gunpoint then tried to leave the parking lot, said Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman.

Tyree never made it though. Before he could pull out of the parking lot, his gun accidentally discharged into his leg. He then surrendered himself to authorities, who transported him to the hospital.

Suwanee will seek charges against him for two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carjacking, theft by taking a motor vehicle, driving on a suspended license, fleeing and attempting to elude, reckless driving, speeding, passing in an emergency lane and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, Byerly said.

Gwinnett County will charge him with hijacking a motor vehicle and discharging a firearm in a commercial area, Moloney said.

The incident is still under investigation.