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Burglary and shooting suspect Brandon Alexander Terryhall waits to speak to Henry County Chief Magistrate Robert Godwin during his first appearance Thursday morning. Police said Terryhall was shot during Tuesday night’s alleged burglary.
McDONOUGH — A McDonough man suspected of shooting a father and son during an alleged botched burglary Tuesday night was in court Thursday morning for his first appearance on the charges.
A second suspect was booked in after court ended and should make his first appearance this morning.
Brandon Alexander Terryhall, 20, of a Kellington Drive residence, was wheeled into Henry County Magistrate Court to hear the charges against him. Henry County police Sgt. Joey Smith said Terryhall was shot during an exchange of gunfire during Tuesday night’s burglary at the Stockbridge home of Ronnie Cantrell Sr. and Ronnie Cantrell Jr.
His left wrist was bandaged but there were no other signs of injury. Terryhall told Chief Magistrate Robert Godwin that he had hired his own attorney and identified him by name but that attorney never showed.
Terryhall is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, burglary, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. He is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail. Godwin told Terryhall his bond will have to be set by a Superior Court judge and reset his preliminary hearing to Oct. 4.
Police said Terryhall and three others went to the Cantrells’ Flat Rock Road home with the intent to rob the men of guns and money. Police allege Terryhall was carrying a handgun and a shotgun and fired on father and son. Cantrell Sr., 68, was shot in the chest. Cantrell Jr., 42, was shot in the right hand and lost two fingers, according to the arrest warrants.
Smith said Wednesday that the elder Cantrell was in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Terryhall was identified as a suspect when he went to Piedmont Henry for treatment of gunshot wounds, said Smith.
Police identified and charged two other suspects in the burglary as Robert Price, 18, and Trey Michael Cota, 21. Cota was arrested about 10:20 a.m. Thursday and is expected to make his first appearance in Magistrate Court Friday morning. He is being held without bond.
“Price is being sought at this time and is considered armed and dangerous,” said Smith.
Police are working to identify a fourth suspect, known only as “Terrence.”
A black 2013 Kia Rio police believed was used by the suspects and was seen inside Lexington Park subdivision has been recovered, he said.
Anyone with information about the case should contact Detective Joe Clark at 770-288-7242 or 911.