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Second suspect arrested in officer involved shooting in Franklin Co.

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The second suspect in the officer involved shooting in Ferrum has been arrested.

Charles Gilmore, 31, of Henry County is in jail from a shoot out between police in the Ferrum area on January 7th.

 State Police says Gilmore allegedly broke into a couples home and demanded drugs with Christopher Hardin Jr. When both Gilmore and Hardin were leaving the house, a shoot out happened between police. Gilmore allegedly injured a police officer and was sent to the hospital himself.

Gilmore is out of the hospital and charged with four felonies of assault and attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, robbery of a residence and use of a firearm.

We are sad to report that Fred Bowles, the homeowner who was attacked during the incident, passed away last weekend after losing his battle with cancer.

Bowles was 55 years old.
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Fred Bowles says around 10 p.m. he heard a loud bang outside his home on Prillaman Road in Ferrum.

Bowles says two men held him and his girlfriend Chris Behrens at gun point.

"He tore everything apart," Fred Bowles says. "He was aiming to shot somebody, but I kept getting in his way."

Bowles says he has a lot of medication in the house because he has terminal liver cancer and his girlfriend is a paraplegic.


Update 2:47 p.m.
State Police say a robbery ended in a shoot-out with police in Franklin County. The incident began after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when two armed men entered a home on Prillaman Switch Road in Ferrum. They confronted the homeowner, who fired at the intruders, who fired back. A 911 call made from the home before the shots started brought Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office and Ferrum Police. When police arrived, the robbers tried to leave, exchanging gunfire with police outside the home.

One Franklin Co. Sheriff's Deputy was wounded and taken to a local hospital. His injuries are described as "non life threatening". No one in the home was injured. One of the robbers, a 31-year old Henry Co. man, was also wounded in the shoot-out. He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The other alleged robber, Christopher Hardin Jr., was able to flee the scene. Police surrounded the area and, with the help of a police helicopter, Hardin was found and arrested just after midnight.. State police say a handgun was recovered. Hardin, age 34, is being held at the Western Va. Regional Jail on charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

State police also say they seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia from inside the residence.


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