By Leah Allen
BC Staff Writer
Two men got more than they bargained for when they tried to rob Charlie Hardin of Shelby Thursday night.
“Hardin was getting out of his vehicle when Martavious Holmes and another, unknown, suspect rushed him,” said Shelby Police Chief Kenneth Hampton.
“Hardin defended himself and struggled for the gun. It went off and hit him in his leg and his upper body. He managed to get the gun though and ended up shooting the attackers,” he said.
“The incident happened just down from the police station about 7:30 p.m. Officers came out because they heard the shots and actually saw the last few shots being fired,” he said.
“Holmes was shot seven times. He was hit five times in the leg and twice in the upper part of his body. He’s in the hospital now.
“We know that both he and the other man are from Clarksdale. The other attacker is on the run and we aren’t sure about his injuries. We have a lead on him though and we are following up on that,” said Hampton.
“Holmes just got out of prison a little over a month ago on an early release program. He now will be going back and facing more charges,” said Hampton.
Despite his injuries, Hampton said he has “spoken to Hardin and he is doing well.”
“We will not be pursuing any charges against him as he was acting in self-defense,” he added.