“We knew about him. We knew what his past (method of operation) was,” said Emmett.
Over a dozen FBI and local law enforcement officers were on Charlston’s tail when they followed him to a CVS shop at Windemere Parkway and Old Atlanta Road about 7 a.m., said Emmett. They observed him park his vehicle in a nearby parking lot and pop the hood.
When Charleston began walking to the CVS store, putting on a ski mask and armed with a handgun, they confronted him, said Emmett.
“It was clear that he was about to rob that CVS pharmacy,” he said.
The suspect rushed back to his car and tried to flee, ramming two of the officers’ vehicles and flipping one of them on its side.
“After he displayed a weapon, officers fired,” said Emmett. Charleston was hit multiple times but none of the wounds were life-threatening, he said. Charleston was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Two FBI agents and one Cherokee County deputy who were in the flipped vehicle were injured as a result of the crash, said Emmett. They were treated at an area hospital and released, he said.
Emmett said the task force involved in Saturday’s arrest included 17 officers from the FBI, Cherokee County Sheriff’s office, and the Atlanta, Powder Springs and Gwinnett County police departments.
“They did a great job,” said Robin Regan, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office, which was not directly involved in the incident.