Detectives charge man shot by Norfolk MetroPCS employee during armed robbery

NORFOLK, Va. – Detectives have charged the man who was shot by an employee during an attempted robbery at a Norfolk MetroPCS store Monday afternoon.

23-year-old DeAndre Freeman of Norfolk has been charged with three counts of attempted robbery, two counts of attempted malicious wounding, seven counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of abduction and one count each of discharging a firearm in an occupied building and wearing a mask in public.

The call in reference to the armed robbery came in around 4 p.m. Monday.

According to an investigation, Freeman entered the store located at 3226 Cromwell Drive armed with a handgun and with his face covered. A MetroPCS employee shot Freeman during the attempted robbery.

Police found Freeman a short distance away from the store when they arrived. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

Freeman was taken to the Norfolk City Jail to be held without bond. In court July 25, the following charges were certified to a grand jury:

  • One count of attempted robbery;
  • Four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony;
  • One count of wearing a mask in public;
  • Two counts of attempted malicious wounding;
  • One count of malicious shooting.

No one else was hurt during the incident.

Detectives say they recovered two guns from the scene: one from Freeman and the other from the store employee.

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