Crime & Courts

Police: Store clerk shoots would-be thief

Police said a Taylorsville clerk ran out of a store after a man allegedly stole a chain saw, and fired two shots at the vehicle. One of those shots hit the driver of the car in the head.
Police said a Taylorsville clerk ran out of a store after a man allegedly stole a chain saw, and fired two shots at the vehicle. One of those shots hit the driver of the car in the head. WBTV

A clerk reportedly shot a man in the head Thursday after he tried to steal a chainsaw from a Taylorsville store, police said.

The incident happened Thursday afternoon at Beasley’s Power Equipment on N.C. 16 when a man ran out of the store with an expensive chainsaw, according to police. The man reportedly got into a vehicle and started driving away.

Police said the clerk ran out of the store after the man and fired two shots at the vehicle. One of those shots hit the driver of the car in the head.

The car then pulled over a few hundred yards away and the passenger and driver switched seats before heading down N.C. 16, where they were stopped by police.

The man who was shot was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, and is reportedly in serious condition. Two other men in the car, 34-year-old Jonathan Andrew Akers and 50-year-old Bobby Dean Pearson, were arrested and charged with felony larceny.

At police headquarters, Pearson had no comment. Akers said he had nothing to do with the incident.

“I was no part of it,” Akers said. “Guy came out and shot the driver right in the head.”

Police said they are interviewing the clerk about the incident. They said the attempted robbery is similar to the theft of a chainsaw from a Morganton store on Wednesday.

The names of the store clerk and the man who was shot have not been released.

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