THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- The suspect in a bank robbery Thursday in Rowan County that led to a chase and an officer-involved shooting in Thomasville has died.
Jerick Raheem Gray, 42, of High Point, died in the hospital after being shot by a Salisbury officer, according to Salisbury police.
The robbery happened around 12:35 p.m. at the First National Bank on East Innes Street in Salisbury. The suspect left the bank and led officers on a multi-jurisdictional chase.
Authorities used stop sticks to stop the suspect near Anderson Hobby Shop at 1101 Mendenhall St. in Thomasville.
The suspect tried to get into the store and stabbed the owner of the business, who was trying to stop the man from getting in.
“In a million years, I couldn't imagine my brother doing this robbery or harming someone,” said Edric Gray, the suspect’s brother. “I want people to know that my brother was not a vicious criminal.”
Gray said his brother had mental health issues and struggled with drug addiction in the past, but he was getting help.
“I just gave him some praise about how well he has been helping me with mom after her stroke and then the police show up knocking on our door,” Gray said.
There was a female passenger in the car that Gray drove and she is currently being treated for an unrelated medical condition, according to police. Police have not said if she was an accomplice.
“When police told me her name, it didn’t ring a bell,” Gray said.
Police have identified the officer who shot the suspect as Christopher Schenk, who has been with the Salisbury Police Department since 2007. He is currently assigned to patrol as a field training officer.
The person who was stabbed in Thomasville was released from the hospital on Friday. His family says he will likely be back at work soon.
“To the victim that was stabbed, from the Gray family, we pray for full recovery,” Gray said. “Our hearts go out to their families as well.”
Salisbury police said they are continuing to work on the case with police in Thomasville and the State Bureau of Investigation.