A suspect has just been released from the hospital after he attempted to rob a convenience store in Gilbert.
Police said the incident happened at the 7-Eleven near Elliot and Cooper roads on November 15.
Gilbert police said 27-year-old E’lon Hayes pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk was armed with a handgun and drew his weapon to defend himself.
According to police, Hayes ran from the store, and the clerk followed him.
Once outside the store, the suspect allegedly made a threatening gesture toward the clerk, and the clerk fired his weapon at the suspect.
Gilbert police said Hayes was hit by a bullet in his lower right side but was still able to run from the scene.
In a nearby neighborhood, Hayes flagged officers from inside his car, saying he had been shot. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.
Police located an airsoft gun in the car.
He was released from the hospital on December 6 and released from prison in July of this year.
He's been charged with aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery.