Man shot during Kroger's robbery indicted on robbery, assault charges

By WEEK Reporter

Man shot during Kroger's robbery indicted on robbery, assault charges

March 20, 2013 Updated Mar 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- A man shot by a security guard during a robbery of Kroger's in Normal was indicted on Wednesday.

Jason Reeves, age 35, was indicted for three counts of Armed Robbery against Kroger and one count of Aggravated Assault .

The Armed Robbery counts allege that Reeves was connected to all three incidents occurring at the Kroger store in Normal on the dates of January 1, February 16 and March 10.

The Normal Police Department says Andrew Smith, an off-duty Chenoa police officer, was working as a security guard at the Kroger store during the incident.

Smith confronted Reeves who produced what appeared to be a handgun but was later determined to be an air pistol. Smith engaged Reeves with a handgun and later fired and hit the suspect multiple times.

Police say that there was not enough time for Smith to determine if the weapon was an actual firearm or an air pistol prior to the shooting.

Based on the circumstances of the shooting, the State’s Attorney is not pursuing any charges against Smith