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Father-son duo choke and shoot kidnapper during attempted robbery

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A Georgia father and son choked and shot a kidnapper to death after the kidnapper attempted to force the father to give him access to his bank account via an ATM. (Getty Images)

A kidnapper and would-be robber met his end at the hands of a DeKalb County, Georgia, father-and-son duo who choked and shot the suspect multiple times early Wednesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Roy Farrell, 39, and his 16-year-old son, whose name was not given, were at their apartment building when the suspect approached the son, who was outside their home, and asked for marijuana. When the teen said he didn't have any, the suspect told him to ask his father for a cigarette.

As Farrell was getting a cigarette for the man, the suspect pulled a gun, aimed it at the son's head, and demanded Farrell's wallet. Seemingly unprovoked, Farrell told the robber where he banked, police said.

According to Lt. Shane Stanfield of the DeKalb Police Department, the suspect forced Farrell to drive the trio to an ATM at SunTrust Bank on Interstate 20 at Panola Road and to back into a parking space.

The suspect reportedly put down his gun for a moment, at which point Farrell grabbed it and ordered his son to choke the criminal. The son obeyed, and as he was choking the robber, Farrell shot the man five times.

Stanfield said a witness was getting money from the SunTrust ATM when she saw Farrell's vehicle back into the space and became suspicious. She saw the struggle and, upon hearing the gunfire, ran to a nearby Burger King where she called for help.

Police found the criminal, whose identity they have not released, dead on arrival.

Police deemed the incident a "justifiable shooting," according to DeKalb Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell, and do not expect to file any charges against Farrell. The father and son were questioned by police and released afterward.

According to the AJC, this is the second justifiable shooting in the Atlanta area reported in the past week. The first occurred Monday when Malik Hyatt of Decatur, Georgia, shot and killed an attempted robber who was kicking in his front door at the KRC Vista Apartments.

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