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Family Dollar clerk shoots at suspect during attempted robbery

Police are investigating after a store clerk fired multiple gunshots at a robbery suspect.
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The Winston-Salem Police Department continued to follow leads in this investigation where the suspect was identified as Avondre McLaurin . Mr. McLaurin was located at his residence where he refused to comply to verbal commands from the officers to show his hands to verify that he did not have any weapons in his possession from the earlier armed robbery call. As a result, a K-9 was utilized to assist in taking Mr. McLaurin into custody. Mr. McLaurin was bitten on the elbow by the K-9 and the injury was minor. Upon taking Mr. McLaurin into custody, it was confirmed that he received a gunshot wound to his upper leg, which occurred during the commission of the earlier crime. Mr. McLaurin was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for the gunshot wound, which is considered non life threatening. Mr. McLaurin was also treated for the minor elbow injury he received from the K-9 at the local hospital. Mr. McLaurin has not been given a bond hearing at this time.



Police say a man went inside a Family Dollar on N. Martin Luther King Drive in Winston-Salem to try to rob the business, but a store clerk took the matter into their own hands. 

Winston-Salem officers responded to a call about an armed robbery on Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m. 

Investigators say the man attempted to steal money from the cash register while holding his hand in his clothing, appearing to have a gun. The store clerk fired multiple shots at the suspect, according to police reports.

Police said they pulled out K-9 units in an attempt to locate the suspect who got away on foot, but they were unable to find him. 

Investigators said they do not know if the suspect was injured during the shooting.

There is a large police presence on the 500 block of North Martin Luther King Drive while the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700.

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