By CLAY CAREY, Staff Writer
An 18-year-old Nashville man was identified Thursday as the suspect who was shot and killed by a Metro police officer during an armed robbery at a Nashville convenience store late the night before.
Police say Charles Jamie Walden, of 229 Capitol View Ave., and another teen were robbing the Mapco at 2813 Dickerson Pike when Joe Shelton, a Metro canine officer, stopped at the store and confronted them.
The officer fired on Walden, who was armed, with his AR-15 rifle. The shot hit Walden in the neck and he was declared dead at the scene.
Police said Shelton, 42, an 18-year veteran, is on “routine administrative assignment” while the department investigates the shooting, according to a police statement. Police have said the shooting was in self-defense.
Walden and Allen Christopher Marks, 16, allegedly entered the market shortly before midnight and demanded money. The suspects wore hoods and bandanas to cover their heads and faces, and had pistols drawn, police said.
“As the robbery was taking place, Officer Shelton drove by the market in his marked police car and noticed what appeared to be suspicious activity at the front counter,” police said in a statement. “Shelton turned around and pulled onto the outer edge of the store’s parking lot. At that point, he could clearly see that a robbery was in progress.”
When they saw the police car, police said, Walden and Marks fled to the rear of the market, giving one of the clerks inside the chance to escape.
Moments later, Walden ran out of the building carrying a large handgun, according to a police press release. Shelton ordered Walden to stop in the parking lot, but Walden did not, and his gun was pointed in Shelton’s direction, according to the release.
That’s when Shelton fired his rifle, which is standard issue for canine officers. Neither of the robbery suspects fired their guns.
Police said Marks and Walden received less than $15 in the robbery.
Marks, of 306 Brewer Drive, surrendered after the shooting and was charged with aggravated robbery. Andrew Ray Adwell, 23, of 211 Capitol View Ave., allegedly admitted to detectives that he helped plan the robbery. During the robbery, police said, Adwell waited in a nearby parking lot, armed with a gun. He also faces robbery charges.
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