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Robbery, kidnap suspect shot by police trainee

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Randall Raymond Harris (Source: Dougherty Co. jail) Randall Raymond Harris (Source: Dougherty Co. jail)

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A brazen robbery turned hostage situation turned officer involved shooting went down at a busy shopping center around 6 o'clock Monday afternoon.

The GBI confirms 20-year-old Randall Harris and Christopher Raines are the two suspects involved in the armed robbery at the Family Dollar store.

Harris is at the Dougherty County jail. Raines is in the hospital after an officer shot him. Charges are pending his medical release.

The officer who shot Christopher Raines is trainee Christopher Hutcherson. Hutcherson's training officer is McKinley Windom.

Harris has been charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Certain Crime.

Family Dollar employee, Jamaica Jones, age 25, was the victim held hostage by Harris.

"It's crazy. Really crazy that somebody thinks they can do that in broad daylight and get away," said David Williams.

He was leaving Harvey's Supermarket just a few doors down from the Family Dollar where he watched as police cornered two gunmen who had just robbed the store. But what really stood out to him was one of the robbers had a woman held at gunpoint.

"They was bringing her out over that way. She was held hostage," he said.

That hostage, a Family Dollar employee, was caught in the middle of a standoff between the robbers and police officers.

"They got that other girl who opened the safe for them and dragged her the street to that field by the church," said Yoland Mathis. Her sister was one of the store employees who witnesses the robbery.

"They gave commands for the person to lower and drop their weapons and to give themselves up. They did not do that and one of the officers opened fire on one of the suspects who was struck," said APD Chief John Proctor.

The wounded suspect took off running, but the other held onto the hostage. He finally gave into the officers demands near a church just yards away from Family Dollar and freed the woman unharmed.

The pair then split up dropping evidence along the way before eventually surrendering to police in the 1000 block of West Gordon.

Police arrested one of the suspects while the other was taken to the hospital with gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Nearby business owners say it's bizarre that this crime happened in broad daylight, but that the crime itself doesn't surprise them.

"It's shocking but yet, not surprising especially with that Family Dollar being robbed once before," said Yaz Johnson.

The GBI has been called into to investigate the officer-involved shooting, as is protocol. Chief Proctor says based on the information he was given, his officer acted appropriately.

 

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