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UPDATE: Accused Robber In Falkland Minimart Holdup Now Behind Bars

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The man deputies say was shot as he attempted to rob a convenience store at gunpoint is out of the hospital and behind bars.

Joshua Chamberlain, 22, of Winterville is charged with armed robbery and being held under a $250,000 bond. He was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center Tuesday.

Investigators say Chamberlain was shot October 8 at the Falkland Mini Mart in Pitt County. He used an airsoft pistol to demand money. However, the owner of the business fired his gun, shooting Chamberlain and a friend of the owners. Both survived.

Chamberlain was taken into custody just down the road from the convenience store.



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Deputies say a store owner shot a would-be robber Tuesday night and accidentally wounded his friend in the process.

Investigators say the store owner at Falkland Mini Mart in Pitt County was toward the back of the store, closing up shop, as his friend stayed up front to keep an eye on things.

Deputies say that is when 22-year-old Joshua Chamberlain of Winterville stormed in, pointing a gun and demanding cash. The gun, deputies say, was an airsoft pistol.

"My first instinct was just to draw my weapon and fire on him," said the store owner, who goes by Rocky. "Go home with my family tonight."

Investigators say in the process of defending the store, the owner accidentally also shot his friend in the stomach.

"I wanted to secure his weapon. At the time I didn't know my buddy, B, had been shot," said Rocky. "So I just wanted to make sure this guy was secured and didn't pose a threat to us."

Deputies say Chamberlain ran away and went to nearby house, claiming he was in a car wreck.

Investigators responded to that home and found the accused gunman.

Deputies say Chamberlain was in surgery overnight at Vidant Medical Center. He will be charged once he is released from the hospital.

Investigators said the store owner's friend, whose name has not yet been released, was also in surgery overnight. Officials said he is expected to survive.


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A suspect who authorities say tried to hold up the Falkland Mini Mart in Pitt County ended up getting shot by the store owner.

Deputies say the owner was closing up the store and was in the back when a man walked in with a gun and demanded money.

"My first instinct was just to draw my weapon and fire on him," said the store owner, who goes by Rocky. "Go home with my family tonight."

Investigators say the owner shot the suspect in the arms and the suspect fired his gun wounding a friend of the store owner.

"I wanted to secure his weapon. At the time I didn't know my buddy, B, had been shot," said Rocky. "So I just wanted to make sure this guy was secured and didn't pose a threat to us."

Deputies say the suspect ran away and went to nearby house claiming he was in a car wreck.

Investigators responded to that home and have the suspect in custody.

The accused gunman's name has not yet been released.

Deputies say both the accused would-be robber and friend of the shop owner are both being treated for gunshot wounds.


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