Police say a man who robbed a Salisbury bank, then led officers on a pursuit into Davidson County, has died from injuries he suffered after being shot by police.
The bank robbery happened at the First National Bank at the corner of East Innes and Long streets in Salisbury on Thursday afternoon just after 12:30 p.m., according to police.
After robbing the bank police say the suspect, identified Friday as Jerick Raheem Gray, took off in a small pickup truck. A pregnant woman was in the truck with him, according to witnesses.
Salisbury police and Rowan County sheriff's deputies pursued the truck into Davidson County. They were joined by Davidson County deputies and Thomasville police officers.
Stop sticks were used to flatten the tires on Gray's truck. He then pulled into the parking lot of the Anderson RC Hobby Shop on Mendenhall Street just off Business I-85.
Police say Gray jumped from the truck and ran towards the front door of the business. One of the owners saw Gray and tried to stop him. He then reportedly stabbed the owner.
“My brother had came outside and I heard him, sounded like a distress call, I heard him call my name, so I came running to the front," said Matt Anderson.
Anderson and another man inside the store held the door as Gray tried to get inside.
“At that time my brother intercepted him, that’s when he got stabbed … he went off to the side, the guy tried to come in the store, one of my customers and I both held the door, surrounded by cops … they had Tasers out, guns out, they Tasered him 2-3 times that I saw before they finally ended up pulling the trigger and shooting him.”
A Salisbury police officer, identified as 27-year veterab police Officer Christopher Schenk, then shot Gray.
In a press conference on Friday, Salisbury police Chief Jerry Stokes praised the actions of officers, saying they used restraint in dealing with Gray, until that was no longer possible.
“He has a knife, is displaying it in a threatening manner, has already stabbed somebody, he is using deadly force against a citizen — here we have two more people who are in a situation where they could have been taken hostage and who know what happen to them," Stokes said. "They methodically, using their training, escalated what they had to do.”
Gray was taken to the hospital, but is now deceased.
The man who was stabbed should be fine and was expected to be released from the hospital Friday, according to family members of the stabbing victim.