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A would-be robber reportedly was in stable condition this morning after he was shot during a hold-up attempt at approximately 2 p.m. Sunday at the CVS pharmacy in Berne.
A three-line press release issued by the Berne Police Department said only that an off-duty officer responded to the store following a report of an attempted armed robbery and that "shots were fired." Police Chief Tim Taylor told Fort Wayne television outlets the shots were exchanged in the store's pharmacy counter.
Additional details about the incident, including the name of the suspect and the officer involved, weren’t immediately released by the Berne Police Department.
Information received by the Democrat indicates the officer who arrived at the store during the hold-up attempt was Monroe Marshall and Adams County Deputy Sheriff Dio Hernandez, a Berne resident, although his role in the shooting has not been confirmed by authorities.
Taylor told the Fort Wayne media that the officer involved in the shooting sustained minor injuries. No injuries were reported to store customers or employees.
A statement released this morning by Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave and "will be returning to work soon."
The suspect, Rekeweg said, was in stable condition at "an undisclosed hospital" in Fort Wayne.
A police department spokeswoman said this morning that additional details surrounding the incident would be forthcoming from the office of Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Harvey. No statement was provided by Harvey's office this morning before the Democrat went to press.