Innocent bystander killed after armed robbery at Mt. Juliet restaurant, police say

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Law enforcement in Wilson County are teaming up to investigate after an armed robbery at a restaurant turned deadly Friday night.

The Mt. Juliet Police Department said officers were sent to Cedar Creek Marina and Restaurant in the 9100 block of Saundersville Road on Friday, June 28 to respond to a reported robbery.

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Shortly after the restaurant closed, armed suspects reportedly ambushed staff in the restaurant, assaulted them and forced them to open the cash safe. Officials said the staff was treated and released by medics at the scene.

Authorities said the suspects fled to the parking lot after the robbery, where a 27-year-old man was found unresponsive suffering from gunshot wounds.

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The 27-year-old was an innocent bystander and attempts to save his life were unsuccessful, police said.

Now, the Mt. Juliet Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office said they are working together in the investigation since both incidents are connected.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at 615-754-2550.  Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477).

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Detectives say particularly interested in any reports about a vehicle that someone may have seen driving at a rate of high speed on Saundersville Road or potential suspects in the area.

No other information was immediately released.

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