Young man found dead in Raleigh was shot trying to rob store, police say

Wake County News

Raleigh police said Monday the young man found dead over the weekend was a robbery suspect. 

A news release said that 21-year-old Derrick Malik Wiley was a suspect in a robbery at the Mini Mart on the 5500 block of Old Wake Forest Road.

Wiley and an employee exchanged gunfire Saturday, and Wiley was shot in the leg, police said.

Police found Wiley about two and a half miles from the store.

The owner of the Mini Mart told CBS 17 Monday afternoon that the incident began when someone outside the store saw a man wearing a mask walking inside, so they called 911.

Once inside, the suspect pointed a gun at the store clerk, who handed over about $400 in cash, the store owner said.


The owner says as the suspect ran outside, the clerk followed him out the door and told the suspect that the police were on their way.

That’s when the suspect shot at the clerk, who then shot back, the store owner said.

No charges have been filed at the time, the release said. More follow-up work by detectives and further consultation with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office will happen before final determinations about the case are made, according to the release. 


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