Brookhaven Police have identified the suspect who allegedly shot at an officer after an armed robbery in the early hours of June 7 and are asking for the public’s help to find him.
Brandon Joseph Barabino escaped police capture after he allegedly robbed someone at gunpoint and then shot at Sgt. Lonnie Napier. Napier was unhurt but the back window of his patrol car was shot out. The incident took place at the Village at Druid Hills shopping plaza.
According to police, Napier was parked in the Village at Druid Hills shopping plaza when a man ran up to him and shouted, “I just got robbed.”
Napier drove around the plaza looking for the suspect and pulled up to a white car. The white car reversed and struck the officer’s car. The driver of the white car got out and said he was just robbed by a man who ran into a nearby apartment complex.
Napier drove to the complex looking for the suspect and saw a black vehicle backing out of a parking space. The driver of the black vehicle, now identified as Brandon Joseph Barabino, saw the officer, lowered his window, and he and Napier spoke face-to-face, according to Major Brandon Gurley, police spokesperson. Napier asked the man if he had seen someone running. Gurley said Barabino pointed behind Napier and told him the man ran that in that direction.
As Napier moved his car to try to get the tag number of the black car, Barabino fired a shot at Napier, according to police. “The bullet entered through the rear driver’s side window missing the officer’s head by inches,” said police.
The suspect then led police on a car chase into DeKalb County where he lost control of his car on Briarlyn Court and fled the scene on foot. The suspect is still on the loose.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Brookhaven Police Department at 404-637-0600 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta (www.crimestoppersatlanta.org) by calling 404-577-TIPS (8477).