Police kill 'Grandma Bandit' suspect

Roxanne Taylor shot mutiple times after pursuit by Ga. cops; Wanted in string of drugstore robberies


By Rhonda Cook and Mike Morris
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DEKALB, Ga. - An Atlanta woman suspected of being the "Grandma Bandit" died Friday morning after being shot multiple times at the end of a police chase on North Druid Hill Road, DeKalb police said.

The woman, identified in an arrest warrant as Roxanne Taylor, 58, of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta, was spotted in the drive-through at a Wendy's on Piedmont Road by someone who noticed that she matched the description of the bandit who has robbed several metro area drugstores in the past two weeks.

The person notified Atlanta police, who attempted to stop the woman after she left the drive-through, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said. The woman fled, leading police on a chase up Interstate 85 northbound in a gold Jeep Liberty. She was involved in a minor traffic accident after exiting at North Druid Hills Road, Parish said.

At that point, the police officers who had been pursuing her heard a single gunshot, and they returned fire, hitting Taylor multiple times, Parish said. Neither of the officers was injured

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