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China Grove man caught after standoff

CHINA GROVE China Grove police say a man is in custody after allegedly robbing a store and then pointing a gun at pursuing police in the southern Rowan County town.

Police fired at the man during the pursuit, but no injuries were reported. The suspect was identified by police as James Lee Jackson, 25.

Authorities say they were called shortly after 6 a.m. when someone allegedly robbed the Rushco convenience store on U.S. 29. Officers got a description of the getaway vehicle and say they spotted it a short time later. A man jumped from the car and pointed a gun at officers, police say.

The officers fired two shots but missed, authorities say. According to police, the man ran into a nearby condominium complex and broke into a residence where nobody was home.

Meanwhile, a portion of U.S. 29 near the convenience store was closed. China Grove police say they set up a perimeter around the condominium, and the suspect surrendered about 7:30 a.m.

Jackson was charged with armed robbery. Police say additional charges are pending.

North Carolina prison records show Jackson has served 3 1/2 years on breaking-and-entering and burglary charges.

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