A grocery store manager fired at a man during a robbery attempt in Covington.

Store manager fires at armed man during robbery attempt

The manager of a grocery store in Newton County shot at and may have wounded an armed man who tried to rob him Saturday, police said.

Just before 7 a.m., the manager of the Ingles in the 9000 block of U.S. 278 and an employee were taking the morning deposit to the bank, Capt. Ken Malcom of Covington police said.

They were approached by an armed man wearing a mask, Malcom said.

The man “ordered the manager to hand over the deposit money and get into a truck,” Malcom said.

The manager pulled a gun from his truck and fired once at the man, Malcom said.

The man, who may have been struck by the gunshot, returned fire, Malcom said. The man shot three times at the truck but did not hit the manager.

The man left, and police have been checking hospitals in the area because they think he is injured.

The man was dressed in black and was wearing a ski mask, police said. No other details of the suspect were available.

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