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Police: Officer shoots armed robbery suspect

January 28, 2021 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee officer shot and wounded an armed robbery suspect while police were trying to arrest him, authorities said.

Metro Nashville Police surrounded Lamon Witherspoon, 30, in the parking lot of a gas station on Wednesday because he had warrants charging him with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, agency spokesman Don Aaron told news outlets.

Officers broke out the windows of his car and demanded he surrender when one officer saw a gun in Witherspoon’s vehicle and warned others, Aaron said. Witherspoon turned toward Officer Wesley McClelland with a gun in his hand and the officer, fearing for his safety, fired at him, Aaron said.

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Witherspoon was hospitalized with wounds to his head and hip, police said. No officers were injured.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.