16-year-old boys charged as adults after shootout with Detroit police during robbery of CVS store


DETROIT – Two 16-year-old Detroit boys were charged as adults Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery last week at a CVS store last week which ended with shots being fired at police officers.

Laron Deshawn Walker and Corey Vernell Christopher, both of Detroit, are charged with eight counts of armed robbery, eight counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, one count of kidnapping, one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, two counts of assaulting or resisting an officer and nine counts of felony firearms violations. Walker is also charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and two additional counts of felony firearm.

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According to authorities, Walker and Christopher robbed a 25-year-old man May 25 at about 4:30 a.m. near the CVS store on McNichols Road and Wyoming Avenue on Detroit's west side. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to flee.

The boys allegedly then robbed a 62-year-old man and pushed him through the door of the CVS store. The four employees working that night were forced to open the cash registers. 

Detroit police received a call of an armed robbery in progress. The four employees and four patrons were forced to the rear and were able to escape when officers arrived.

Once on scene, two officers confronted the suspected robbers inside the store.  

Shots were fired at officers and the officers returned fired.  

Walker was shot in the buttocks and Christopher was detained.

"As (officers) entered the door they saw one suspect who they were able to take into custody. Another suspect was in the rear of the store, they started to follow the suspect. The suspect turned and started to fire shots at the officers. The officers returned fire. The suspect sustained multiple injuries," said Assistant Detroit Police Chief Arnold Williams.

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