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FBI agents honored for actions in south Forsyth

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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Five Atlanta-based federal agents and one officer from a metro agency were recently awarded the FBI Shield of Bravery for their actions in apprehending an armed serial commercial robber at a drug store in south Forsyth in April 2015.

FBI Director James Comey presented Special Agents Robert McAllister, Chad Fitzgerald, Benni Jonsson and Mike Greene, Supervising Special Agent Anthony Smith and Cherokee County Deputy Sheriff Alex Rivera with the medal on May 18 at the federal agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

According to Special Agent Stephen Emmett, an FBI spokesman, there are “four medals in the program intended for recognition of its personnel: the FBI Star, the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement, the FBI Shield of Bravery and the FBI Medal of Valor.

“These medals are considered to be among the highest honors granted by the FBI.”

The FBI Shield of Bravery is presented for “brave and courageous acts occurring in the line of duty and often associated with the highest priority cases of the FBI,” Emmett said.

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, two FBI agents were injured in a car accident that followed an exchange of gunfire with 36-year-old Kevone Charleston of Austell in front of the CVS on Old Atlanta Road at Windermere Parkway.

Charleston was suspected of being involved in 32 commercial robberies dating back to November 2013, according to the FBI and media outlets.
He reportedly tried to drive away after being confronted at the CVS and opened fire.

Three vehicles were damaged in the accident and shooting, which left the suspect with gunshot wounds. Everyone injured was expected to survive.

The agents and Cherokee deputy sheriff were part of a Major Offender Task Force.