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Off-duty cop stops teen, man following robbery at Circle K

Kalob Jones, 20 (Source: Columbus Police Department) Kalob Jones, 20 (Source: Columbus Police Department)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A 14-year-old boy is behind bars, accused of armed robbery at the Circle K gas station at 3010 Buena Vista Road in Columbus Friday morning.

Police say Justice Walker, 14, was one of two suspects who robbed the convenience store around 12:30 a.m.

The two suspects, Walker and Kalob Jones, 20, entered the store with their faces covered by masks, demanded money of the two clerks while armed, got an unknown amount of cash and left the store.

Shortly afterward, 911 was called.

An off-duty Columbus Police officer in the area heard the calls come across the scanner as he witnessed two suspects leaving the Circle K location where the robbery had just occurred.

The officer pursued the two suspects behind the convenience store, toward Illges Road and Morris Road.

Moments later on Ace Way, a cut-through street between Morris and Illges, police say the off-duty officer stopped the suspects.

The officer reports Walker reached in a bag for what was believed to be a weapon.

The officer then fired one round from his firearm, but did not hit either suspect.

Further down Ace Way, responding police units were able to catch Walker and Jones. 

They are facing armed robbery charges, aggravated assault charges, and a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

 Walker faces an additional charge of aggravated assault against a police officer, and an additional charge of possession of a firearm during an assault of a policeman.

As is standard procedure, according to Assistant Columbus Police Chief Charles Rowe, the off-duty Columbus Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay following the incident while it is investigated.

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