Suspected robber found dead inside Matthews CVS while employees hid in locked room

Suspected robber found dead inside Matthews CVS while employees hid in locked room
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MATTHEWS, N.C. — An alleged armed robber was found dead inside a Matthews CVS Thursday night, according to police.

Authorities said someone called Matthews police dispatchers around 10 p.m. to tell them a man with a gun was trying to rob the CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Sam Newell Road and Highway 51, and that employees had locked themselves in the back of the store.

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Officers got there and tried to make contact with the man, but were unsuccessful. Police were able to determine that the store employees had locked themselves in a room away from the man and were safe.

A Special Response Team was called to the store and when those officers entered, they found 25-year-old Karreim Houser dead from a gunshot wound. They believe he died by suicide.

Authorities told Channel 9 that no officers fired any shots and that no CVS employees were hurt.

The investigation is ongoing.

On Wednesday, a homicide happened at the same intersection.

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