- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) - A man who police say robbed a CVS pharmacy at gunpoint was shot by officers during a confrontation.

Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Powell, of Leominster, is charged with armed robbery, assault and battery and related crimes.

Police allege Powell entered the pharmacy around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and demanded narcotics. Police say he pointed what appeared to be a gun at two employees before fleeing with bottles of prescription pills.

Police encountered Powell a short time later. Police say Powell discharged his firearm in the air before pointing it at officers. An officer fired one shot at Powell, striking him in the face.

Powell is in stable condition.

The officer who shot Powell has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of a routine investigation.

It’s unclear whether Powell has an attorney.

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