Metro Police say Arnie Cosby, 65, who has a valid handgun carry permit, fired shots at two suspects, one a convicted felon and the other carrying a shotgun, who allegedly attempted to rob him and another man just after midnight outside Bud’s Market at 1601 Buchanan St.
Convicted felon Demetris Parrish, 20, and Martez Dotson, 19, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun, approached the victims and demanded their belongings, according to police witness accounts. After Cosby opened fire, the two fled in a grey Dodge Avenger.
A short time later, officers responded to Skyline Medical Center where both Parrish and Dotson were located, police said. Parrish had been shot in the leg. The shotgun believed to have been used in the robbery was recovered from the getaway vehicle’s trunk, police said.
Parish, of 26th Avenue North, and Dotson, of Whorley Court, are each charged with two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. Parrish, who has two aggravated assault convictions, is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond. Dotson, who has a drug possession conviction, is being held on $150,000 bond.
In a related arrest, North Precinct Patrol Officer Wes Terry spotted a suspicious car parked near Bud’s Market after the robbery attempt. Officer Terry approached the vehicle and during his investigation learned the front seat passenger was murder suspect Cordarrel Lee Buford, who is now charged in the April 12 shooting death of a man on 25th Avenue North, police said.
Officers had been seeking Buford, 21, since swearing out a warrant against him April 13 as the suspect in the homicide of Lawrence Mason. Buford, a convicted robber, was also in possession of a loaded semi-automatic pistol at the time of this morning’s arrest.
Photos of Dotson and Parish are being withheld pending lineups in similar cases.