A convenience store clerk has been charged with voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a man who Richmond police said had robbed the store.

A Richmond grand jury indicted Jeremy Z. Simmons, 31, of the 600 block South Allen Avenue, for voluntary manslaughter and discharging a firearm in a public place in connection with the incident on Feb. 2.

At 7:43 a.m. that day, Richmond officers responded to the 2000 block of West Cary Street, where they found the body of Joseph A. Harris III, 43, of the 300 block of East Jerald Street in Henrico County, on the rear porch of a home. Harris had been shot, police said.

During their investigation, detectives determined that hours earlier, around 3 a.m., Harris had robbed a store in the 2100 block of West Main Street where Simmons worked, police said in a statement. Simmons fired several shots at Harris inside the store from his personal handgun, and pursued Harris outside the store and fired several more shots as Harris fled the area, the authorities said.

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