Robbery suspect at center of officer-involved shooting formally charged

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

(Krystal Vivian/95.3 MNC)

Charges have been filed against the suspect involved in a robbery and officer-involved shooting earlier this week.

Ray Avery, 26, is accused of trying to rob the Check Into Cash store on Portage Avenue in South Bend on Tuesday, Nov. 10, then, pointing a gun at officers during a foot chase.

Avery has been charged with two counts of robbery, one count of resisting and two counts of pointing a firearm, as well as a misdemeanor charge, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

Police say Avery pointed his firearm at two South Bend Police officers while officers were chasing him after the robbery. A South Bend police officer fired three times at Ray, striking him once in the leg, according to St. Joseph County Metro Homicide.

Ray was taken to the hospital with a shattered femur and underwent surgery. No officers were injured. The officer who fired his gun will receive a new gun, as his must be entered into evidence.

Two people who were inside the Check Into Cash store during the robbery have been interviewed by police and were offered counseling services.

The four South Bend police officers involved in the incident are on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.