Armed robber killed in shootout with NC store worker, deputies say

Darwin Alexander Medro Villatoro, 21, was shot and killed, according to the sheriff’s office. WSPA photo

CANDLER, N.C. (WNCN) — Officials released the 911 call Saturday after an armed robbery suspect was killed during a shootout with a store worker Friday night in western North Carolina.

The incident was reported at 8:28 p.m. at 1109 Smokey Park Highway in Candler, according a statement from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

“The caller reported that a subject entered the store, and brandished a gun; gunfire was exchanged,” deputies said.

As deputies arrived at the scene, they noticed a person lying on the ground at 999 Rutherford Road, which is near the shooting scene.

The person found on the ground, later identified as Darwin Alexander Medro Villatoro, 21, was pronounced dead at 8:34 p.m., deputies said.

A worker at the store, Tienda Mexicana Rincon Latino #2, told CBS North Carolina that a co-owner of the store was involved in the shooting.

A 911 caller said the gunman came in the store wearing a black hoodie and black ski mask.

“He just came in here with a gun and I shot at him as well,” the 911 caller said.

“I think I hit him because he was crawling on the floor. I’m just out of bullets, so I’m scared to go out there.”

The 911 caller also said the glass front door was shattered during the shootout.

The store sells Mexican and South American food.

The investigation into this incident is active and ongoing, deputies said.

Listen to the 911 call (from WSPA-TV)

— WSPA-TV contributed to this report


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