An armed robbery suspect who a Banks County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Monday morning was wanted by police in Easley, S.C., for a string of armed robberies at fast food restaurants there, authorities said Wednesday.
Holding an unidentified woman with a gun pointed at her neck, Rodney Demone Pitts, 33, of Greenville, S.C., was killed early Monday morning, minutes after he robbed a Banks Crossing Waffle House, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The agency continues to investigate the shooting, and the deputy, who authorities refuse to identify, was given some time off, but not placed on any sort of administrative leave.
The confrontation between the deputy and Pitts started when a Banks County sheriff’s deputy spotted a stolen Chevrolet Cavalier parked at a Comfort Inn off U.S. Highway 441 in Banks Crossing, the car a witness saw speeding away from the Waffle House after an early morning robbery, the GBI said. When authorities went to Pitts’ room at the motel, he opened the door then tried to flee to his car while holding the woman at gunpoint.
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