CHINA GROVE, NC (WBTV)- Police in China Grove say the man wanted in an armed robbery of a gas station Friday morning has finally surrendered himself and is now in police custody.
James Lee Jackson Jr., is charged with armed robbery and several other charges, police say.
Police say Jackson used a handgun to rob the store clerk at the BP Rushco on U.S. 29 in China Grove at 5:12 a.m.
Police were just across the street as Jackson was coming out of the store and quickly gave chase.
Jackson headed south for four or five miles through several China Grove neighborhoods before stopping in the grass along 29.
Police say as he got out of the car, Jackson pointed a gun at them. At least two shots were fired by police at Jackson. He was not hit, but the window of his car was shattered.
Now on foot, Jackson ran to a townhouse, kicked open the door, and barricaded himself inside, according to officers.
The townhouse belonged to Sherry McKinney, who had already left for work. She told WBTV that she found a bloody, muddy mess when she was allowed back inside by police.
“It’s pretty tore up,” McKinney said. “He camped out in there, slept in my bed, there were clothes and blankets on my sofa, drank a bottle of wine that I had in there for my daughter’s birthday today.”
She also said that Jackson punched a hole in the wall and left cigarette burns all over her home.
While Jackson was still inside, police and deputies from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office surrounded the property and called in a special response team and hostage negotiator, and Jackson’s girlfriend.
Two hours later, Jackson exited the townhouse and was taken into custody without incident.
“He opened the door and was assisted to the ground,” said China Grove Police Chief Eddie Kluttz. “He had some minor cuts to the finger.”
For McKinney, it was a day of giving thanks that she left so early for work.
“That’s why I’m glad I wasn’t here because he would have probably shot me,” McKinney told WBTV. “Because I would have fought to get out, get away from the situation.”
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