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'Burger King Bandit' killed by police in Buckhead

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Officials have confirmed that the man shot and killed during an attempted robbery at a Buckhead Burger King Wednesday morning was the so-called "Burger King Bandit," believed to be responsible for multiple restaurant robberies in Gwinnett and the metro Atlanta area.

Atlanta police Maj. Keith Meadows said police responded to the a silent alarm inside the Buckhead restaurant around 5:45 a.m., confronting the suspect and ordering him to surrender. Meadows said the suspect then turned toward the officer, who fired to shots and wounded the robber.

Officers then reportedly pursued the robber outside, when he turned again toward them. The officer fired seven more times, killing the suspect.

Meadows said a weapon and large amount of cash were recovered.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith, meanwhile, confirmed that the man was who police believe was responsible for targeting 20 metro Atlanta Burger Kings, including six in Gwinnett.

According to Smith, the gun-point robberies began in late April in Clayton County, and since spread to Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. KFC and Taco Bell locations were also included. Police said the man typically slipped into eateries as they were opening, emerging from the restroom masked and armed with his abnormally large handgun.

Authorities had not released the suspect's identity as of Wednesday evening.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this article.