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Armed robbers hit Waffle House near police station
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TUCKER, Ga-- This is what happens when two suspects rob a Waffle House near a police station at shift change.

An emergency call came into DeKalb County police at 10:20 Tuesday night. An officer across the street responding to another call was first on the scene. Police say the suspects took off in a car, crashed in the Target parking lot and started running across LaVista toward the Chevron. The store was open at the time.

"The officer pursued them on foot across LaVista Road. As the suspects were fleeing, they started firing upon the officer. The officer returned fire. Nobody was struck," Interim DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy said. As many as twelve shots were fired. "There are a lot of businesses in the area and traffic. We're right next to police headquarters. It's fortunate nobody was injured."

A helicopter and a large group of police helped search for the suspects.

"We're not far from police headquarters. Shift change was occurring. We had many officers on the scene quickly and were able to take them into custody," Conroy said.

Police recovered a rifle, handgun and money from the Waffle House robbery. The suspects are identified as Patrick Reese (29) and Jason Philpot (34). They're charged with two counts each of of armed robbery, and two counts of aggravated assault.

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