No charges in fatal shooting during Winston-Salem jewelry store robbery

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Charges will not be brought against a person in control of Long Jewelers who shot and killed a suspect during an attempted armed robbery, police said Tuesday.

At approximately 3:25 p.m. Monday, police responded to the 1000 block of Hanes Mall Boulevard in reference to multiple calls regarding a shooting. Police also received a call reporting a robbery at Long Jewelers.

When police arrived, a deceased male was located in the parking lot near Long Jewelers. The male appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound.

A preliminary investigation by the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division indicates that three suspects entered Long Jewelers and confronted patrons and employees with firearms during an attempted robbery.

Police said a person in control of the business was in the back of the store when he realized that the business was being robbed. The person in control of the business was aware that the suspects were armed with firearms and that the lives of customers and employees were being threatened.

The person in charge of the business retrieved a firearm and began to walk toward the front of the business. Police said the person then confronted one of the armed suspects and fired two shots at the suspect.

The suspect was wounded and fled the store on foot, along with the two other suspects. The wounded suspect collapsed just outside the business and died. The remaining suspects ran from the area.

Police identified the deceased suspect at Matthew Shawon Elliott, 30, of Statesville.

Investigators determined that Elliott had two prior felony convictions in North Carolina for robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The events that occurred at Long Jewelers have been under investigation by Winston-Salem police since the incident occurred. Video surveillance footage captured the incident and a firearm was found near the body of the suspect.

Police said the evidence and information gathered has been reviewed by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill. O’Neill determined that no criminal charges were warranted in regards to the shooting death of the suspect.

Because no criminal charges are being sought against the person in charge of the business, police will not identify the individual.

The investigation into the robbery of Long Jewelers remains active and authorities ask that anyone with information regarding this incident call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.

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