Salisbury: Police Chief Jerry Stokes Revealed Friday the Names of the First National Bank Robbery Suspect and the Officer Who Shot Him

Posted on June 2, 2018

RFP Staff

♦ Of Friday Police Chief Jerry Stokes revealed at a press conference the names of the now deceased First National Bank Robbery suspect Jerick Raheem Gray, 42, of Gatewood Avenue in Highpoint, N.C. and the officer who shot him in Thomasville and who is now on administrative leave Christopher Shenk, a 27-year veteran police officer.

During Friday’s press conference Stokes reported that Gray expired Thursday night at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center not long after he was transported there.  The pregnant woman who shared the Toyota pick-up truck with Gray has yet to be identified.  It is not known at this time if she will be charged as an accomplice.

Jerick Raheem Gray:

Jerick Raheem Gray’s Previous Record:

The RFP Article appearing on Thursday, May 31st: “Salisbury: Armed Robbery at First National Bank on E. Innes St. Thursday Afternoon. Suspect Shot After Chase Leads to Thomasville”

“According to Salisbury Police and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office sources the First National Bank at 322 E. Innes Street was held up today at 12:30 p.m. when a robber identified as Jerick Raheem Gray, 42, of Highpoint walked into the bank and robbed a bank employee of a yet undisclosed amount of cash. The robber, armed with a knife, fled the bank parking lot in a Toyota pick-up truck with a pregnant woman behind the wheel.

Jerick Raheem Gray:

In very short order Salisbury Police and Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputies entered into a high-speed pursuit of the suspects’ pick-up truck down I-85 at speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour. The pursuit continued into Davidson County where officers and deputies were able to disable the fleeing pick-up truck with “stop sticks” which flattened the tires on the 1100 block Mendenhall Street in Thomasville. Gray jumped from the pick-up and attempted to run into the Anderson RC Hobby Shop where he was met by the co-owner Wesley Anderson who attempted to block him from entering the store. The robber turned on Anderson and stabbed him multiple times, once near his heart. Anderson is expected to recover. The robber was blocked from entering the store by several citizens holding the door closed.

Officers attempted to Taser the robber, but with little effect. At that point a Salisbury Policeman Christopher Shenk, a 27 veteran officer with both the Spencer and Salisbury Police departments, believing others were in immanent danger, shot the suspect Gray. Gray expired later in the hospital according to reliable sources in Davidson County. No officers were injured during the arrest. According to reports the pregnant woman, who drove the pick-up truck, was taken to an area hospital because she appeared to be going into premature labor.

Thursday afternoon the Salisbury Police reported that a body cam video was reviewed showing that the officer Shenk, who fired his weapon, behaved in accordance with police procedures. Because an officer involved shooting was involved, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) will review the shooting. The officer was placed on administrative leave.

First National Bank, 322 E. Innes Street, Salisbury, N.C.:

Location First National Bank, 322 E. Innes St., Salisbury, N.C.:

Suspects’ pick-up truck after the shooting at Anderson Hobby Shop RC in Thomasville:

Windshield, of suspects’ pickup-truck, shows bullet damage:

Shell Casing markers at Thomasville crime scene:

Emergency vehicle at the scene of the Thomasville shooting:

**This article will be updated as more information arrives.**”

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