Richmond convenience store clerk charged with gunning down robbery suspect

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — More than two months after a 43-year-old man was found gunned down in Richmond’s Fan District, police have charged a convenience store clerk with his death. 

Police said they found Joseph A. Harris, of Henrico County, dead with an apparent gunshot wound around 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, February 2. His body was found on the back porch of an apartment building in the 2000 block of West Cary Street.

During their investigation, police determined that Harris had previously robbed a convenience store in the 2100 block West Main Street at approximately 3 a.m.

During the robbery, police said a store clerk, 31-year-old Jeremy Z. Simmons, fired several shots at Harris from inside the store with his personal handgun. Police said Simmons followed Harris out of the store and continued to fire shots as he fled the area.

Simmons has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm in a public place. 

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