FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. -

A second person has been charged in connection to a home invasion that ended in a police shootout in Franklin County earlier this month.

Charles Lawrence Gilmore was arrested after being released from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Gilmore is charged with malicious wounding, robbery, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Gilmore is at the Western Virginia Regional Jail and is being held without bond.

A second man, Christopher Hardin of Bassett, was previously arrested and charged with one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one felony count of armed robbery.

The incident happened Jan. 7 on Prillaman Switch Road in the Ferrum area.

According to Virginia State Police, a shootout took place between the suspects and the homeowner. Deputies responded to the home to follow up on the 9-1-1 call. When deputies and officers arrived the two robbers ran outside and engaged in a shootout with law enforcement, according to state police.

One Franklin County Sheriff's deputy was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The homeowner told WDBJ7’s David Kaplan that Hardin and Gilmore were looking for prescription drugs.

Here is the news release about Gilmore's arrest from Virginia State Police:

Virginia State Police continue to investigate a shooting incident that occurred at a Franklin County, Va. Residence, January 7, 2014. The incident began as a robbery and ended in a shoot-out with local law enforcement. One Henry County man faces multiple charges related to the incident.

A second suspect Charles Lawrence Gilmore has been arrested upon his release from Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Charles Gilmore has been charged with; Malicious wounding, Robbery and Use of a Firearm in the commission of felony.
Gilmore is currently being held in the Western Regional Jail without bond.

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Original story from Jan. 8, 2014

Two Henry County men are facing charges related to a robbery that ended in a shootout with deputies in Franklin County Tuesday night.

Two men armed with guns entered a home on Prillaman Switch Road in Ferrum and confronted the man who lived there around 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from Virginia State Police.

The homeowner, Fred Bowles, told WDBJ7 that the two men were masked when they arrived at his house. Bowles says they had guns and were demanding painkillers prescribed to him and painkillers prescribed to another woman who lives there.

According to Bowles, the men got the drugs, some cash, hit Bowles and ran off.  Bowles says he got his own gun and opened fire on the two men. Meanwhile the woman who also lives there called 9-1-1 and dispatchers listened in on the confrontation while deputies responded.

Virginia State Police confirm that a shootout took place between the suspects and the homeowner and that deputies responded to the scene to follow up on the 9-1-1 call. According to the news release, when deputies and officers arrived the two robbers ran outside and engaged in a shootout with law enforcement.

One Franklin County Sheriff's deputy was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

The man and the woman who lived in the home were not injured during the shootout that took place before the officers arrived, according to the news release.

One of the robbers was a 31-year-old man from Henry County. He was injured in the shooting and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Charges are pending at this time.

The other man, Christopher Hardin Jr., 34, of Bassett, tried to run away. State and local law enforcement surrounded the area to search for him and a state police helicopter was called in to help with the search.

Just after midnight Wednesday, Hardin was taken into custody. He is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem on one felony count of armed robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

State police also took marijuana and drug paraphernalia found inside the home.

A Virginia State Police shooting investigative team is still investigating the incident at this time.

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