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Police officer fatally shoots robbery suspect, is injured in gunfire exchange

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Raleigh police fatally shot a 24-year-old man Wednesday night as he attempted to rob a gas station and exchanged gunfire with an officer, police said.

An officer was injured in the shooting and was released after being taken to WakeMed Hospital.

Police identified the suspect as David Tylek Atkinson Thursday morning and released security video of him jumping over the counter at the BP on New Bern Avenue, pointing a gun at the clerk and taking cash and tobacco products.

He fled on foot toward Clarendon Oaks apartments, police said in a news release.

Bystanders pointed police in Atkinson’s direction, and as officers confronted him, they exchanged shots, the police department said in a release. Police took Atkinson into custody and started administering first aid until EMS arrived.

Atkinson was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation, the results of which will be presented to the Wake County District Attorney, as is standard practice. The Raleigh Police Department will conduct its own investigation.

The shooting happened about 7:18 p.m. when officers were sent to an armed robbery in progress at the BP gas station at 2120 New Bern Ave., at the intersection of Farris Court, the Raleigh Police Department said in a release.

Security footage of robbery

Police released nine videos of security footage from the store at 3:05 a.m., hours after the shooting, showing different angles of the robbery in progress.

Atkinson, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a face covering, jumps over over the counter, knocking a Plexiglass shield hanging from the ceiling. Footage shows him pointing a gun at the clerk, emptying two cash register and taking tobacco products. A customer at the counter is seen running out while other customers also exit the store.

After Atkinson fills a plastic bag, he is seen pushing the cashier out the front door. The cashier then re-enters the store, lies on the ground and eventually runs back behind the counter.

Riley McConnell, 23, was a customer inside the gas station when the incident occurred. He said his back was facing the cashier, but when he turned around, he saw a man trying to rob the cashier at gunpoint, McConnell told The News & Observer Wednesday night.

“I was in shock,” he told The N&O in a phone interview.

He said several thoughts ran through is mind: Should he run or hide? Should he use the gun that he was carrying himself? Will the cashier be OK?

He and other customers in the store dropped their purchases and exited the store. McConnell said he called 911. While he was on the phone with emergency dispatch, he said he heard several gunshots.

“I’m concerned about the police officer,” McConnell told The News & Observer. “I hope he isn’t hurt.”

The gas station, west of WakeMed High School, is near Enloe High School and is near Raleigh Country Club.

This the second shooting with a Raleigh police officer this year. On March 10, Raleigh police shot and injured a 26-year-old man named Javier Torres near North Rogers Lane in the eastern part of Raleigh.

Police say they received a report that Torres was “flashing” a gun. When they arrived to investigate, police say say he ran away from them and would not respond to repeated commands to drop a gun.

In body camera footage, Torres is seen running at an officer with a gun. The officer shot one time and the bullet hit Torres in the abdomen, she said.

The shooting sparked hundreds of people to march in protest through downtown hours after the incident.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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