WALTERBORO -- Arrest warrants were served Wednesday on an armed robbery suspect who survived being shot last month by a clerk who got control of a gun and fired at his assailants, killing one and wounding the other.
Nigel Amir Holmes, 19, of 33037 Lowcountry Highway, Smoaks, is charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and battery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to arrest warrants released by the State Law Enforcement Division. He was being held in Colleton County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
Holmes is accused of being one of two men who tried to rob the Kangaroo Express at 1111 Sniders Highway shortly after 10 p.m. on July 6.
The robbers walked into the store and jammed a Glock pistol into the clerk's abdomen, according to a Walterboro Public Safety Office report.
The clerk grabbed the gun and the suspects punched him in the face. The clerk then pointed the gun at his assailants and fired four times.
The suspects ran out the back door. As officers arrived, one of the suspects used his cell phone to dial 911 and tell dispatchers he was in the woods near the store with a gunshot wound.
Holmes was found in the woods with a gunshot wound to his chest, police said. He was taken by EMS to Colleton Medical Center and later was flown to Medical University Hospital.
A blood trail from the store led to the second suspect, who was lying face-down in the woods with a gunshot wound to the chest. The dead man later was identified as Octavio Cochran, 22, of Walterboro.
According to the arrest warrants, Holmes was not carrying the gun during the attempted robbery.
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