Bank robbery suspect shot by officers after pursuit from Salisbury to Davidson County

The scene in Thomasville where the suspect was shot. (Sky3 | WBTV)
The scene in Thomasville where the suspect was shot. (Sky3 | WBTV)
(Tory Bowlby/WBTV)
(Tory Bowlby/WBTV)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A person suspected of robbing a bank in Rowan County Thursday afternoon was shot by officers after reportedly stabbing a person following a chase into Davidson County.

The robbery happened just after 12:30 p.m. at the First National Bank on the 300 block of E. Innes Street in Salisbury. Investigators say the robber went into the bank and robbed them of an undisclosed amount of money.

Salisbury Police and deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office then pursued the suspect's vehicle into Davidson County on Interstate 85. Officials say two suspects were in the pickup truck, according to police, but only one went inside the bank.

According to police, the suspect reached speeds of over 100 mph during the pursuit.

The suspect's vehicle was eventually disabled with stop sticks on Mendenhall Street in Thomasville. That's when officials say the person got out of the vehicle and tried to run away and into Anderson RC Hobby Shop.

When a citizen tried to stop the suspect from going into the store, police say robber pulled out a knife and stabbed the person multiple times. Several officers then used their stun guns on the suspect, but say it was ineffective.

One Salisbury Police Officer then shot the suspect.

The citizen stabbed was in surgery, but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, according to police.

No officers were injured. There's no word on the severity of the suspect's injuries or their current condition. According to the release, the other suspect was also taken to the hospital for an unrelated health issue.

Police have not released either suspects' name or said what charges they are facing.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, police said that body camera footage had already been reviewed and that they believe the officer who fired his weapon acted appropriately.

"I have reviewed the body camera footage, it clearly shows the incident, I am confident the officer did not violate any policy," said Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes. "The SBI is conducting the criminal investigation as is normal, the officer has been placed on administrative duty as is normal when an officer has been involved in a deadly force incident. Once the SBI completes their investigation the matter will be turned over to the Davidson County DA (because the shooting happened in that county) who will determine if any criminal charges are appropriate."

No further information has been made available.

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