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Alleged armed robbery suspect shot self in arm, police say

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An arrest has been made in an armed robbery attempt which occurred Friday in the area of Fourth and Summit avenues.

Captain Bobby Martin of the Roanoke Rapids Police Department said while nothing was taken, an armed robbery charge still applies in the case under state law.

The man arrested, Tajma Ussery, 19, ended up shooting himself in the arm during a struggle with the victim, Martin said.

On Monday around 8:30 p.m., Ussery was arrested and charged with armed robbery and a parole violation.

Ussery had been sentenced in March to 30 months supervised release after being found guilty of larceny from a person in a July 9, 2016, case, state Department of Public Safety records show.

The victim was defending himself when Ussery shot himself, Martin said. He was treated locally and then taken to a trauma center for further treatment.

Probation took Ussery into custody following investigation by investigators O.L. Wiltsie and J. Benthall.

He received a $75,000 bond for the armed robbery charge and a $15,000 cash bond for the probation violation. He has a December 6 court date.


Walgreen’s disturbance


On Tuesday at approximately 10:48 a.m., officers responded to Walgreen’s on a disturbance call between two men.

Officers learned the disturbance started outside of the business but eventually filtered inside where 911 was called. The nature of the disturbance was not immediately known, Martin said.

Through further investigation officers learned one of the men had a gun and stashed it on a shelf before encountering law enforcement.

The weapon was located and secured.



Warrants have been obtained for James Randolph Williams Jr. of Roanoke Rapids for possession of a firearm by a felon and giving a false report to law enforcement.

Williams frequents areas of Roanoke Rapids.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or the police department at 252-533-2810.

Officers M. Hunsucker and H. Grimes, with her dog, Jimi, assisted along with Lieutenant J. Baggett.

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