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Mary Mac's security guard arrested after shooting

ATLANTA -- A security guard for Mary Mac's Tea Room was arrested after a shooting outside the iconic Atlanta restaurant.

It began Friday evening, when police received a shots fired call. Responding officers were flagged down by the security guard, 46-year-old Dexter Scott Washington, at the intersection of Myrtle Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

According to a police report, Washington told investigators he tried to prevent a car from driving the wrong way through the Mary Mac's parking lot. Washington claimed the car's driver ignored him, and the car hit him while leaving the lot.

Washington said he caught up to the car while it waited at a red light. He claimed the driver tried to run over him, prompting him to fire several shots into the car.

Police interviewed the driver, Dan De'Combes, who said he was waiting at a red light when he saw Washington, who was armed with a gun, approaching him.

De'Combes told police he didn't do anything wrong and, knowing that Washington isn't an officer, he tried to drive away when the light turned green. He said he believed the security guard wanted to harm him because in his native South Africa, criminals often approach stopped cars to rob or kidnap innocent people, according to the police report.

Investigators found four shell casings at the crime scene.

Washington was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Police impounded De'Combes's car as evidence.


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