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Employee charged after shooting man who he thought was robber

An employee at a north Charlotte gas station was arrested Tuesday after he shot and wounded a man Monday morning who he thought planned to rob him.

Police say 62-year-old Larry Johnson, a clerk at the Silver Express Gas Station in the 5100 block of North Tryon Street, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The man he shot is listed in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

According to police, Johnson arrived at the store shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. As he walked toward the door, he told detectives, a man began walking up to him. Johnson told police he believed he was about to be robbed, and he said he told the man several times to stop.

The man kept walking toward him, Johnson told police, so he fired. The man never displayed a weapon or threatened Johnson, police say.

Police say they decided to charge Johnson after gathering “additional information” during the investigation.

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