Store clerk charged after shots fired at shoplifting suspect

Said Hermina (L) and Jerry Smith Jr. (R) (Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Kwik Sak clerk is charged with aggravated assault after police said he fired shots at a man who fled the convenience store with an 18-pack of beer without paying.

Police said 44-year-old Jerry Smith Jr. entered the market located at 2012 South Hamilton Road around 2:30 p.m. and reportedly picked up a pack a beer and took it to the counter.

According to police, when his credit card was declined, Smith ran out the door with the beer.

Police said store clerk Said Hermina chased Smith before reportedly firing three shots. Smith was hit in the leg. He has since been treated and released.

Smith faces a misdemeanor theft charge for the beer, which was valued at $17.99.

Herminia remains jailed in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

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