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Martinsville man charged in connection with Dollar General robbery killed by Alabama authorities

Two other men charged, in custody in connection with robbery

Derrick Phillippe, Sanders Surber and Michael Gillespie
Derrick Phillippe, Sanders Surber and Michael Gillespie


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – A suspect in a Franklin County Dollar General armed robbery earlier this month was shot and killed by law enforcement in Alabama on Thursday night.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Sanders Clayton Surber, of Martinsville, was driving a stolen PT Cruiser from Henry County, during a police pursuit in Fairhope, Alabama.

On Oct. 18, the Sheriff's Office began an investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at the Dollar General off of Virgil H. Goode Highway.

A day later, the Sheriff's Office says another armed robbery of four individuals occurred in Franklin County on Patti Road when three people arranged a meeting with someone in order to buy drugs, but planned to rob the subject of drugs and money.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office quickly developed several suspects in the armed robbery on Patti Rd.

Sanders Surber was charged with four counts of armed robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Michael Gillispie, 35, of Union Hall, and Derrick Phillippe, 31, of Ferrum, were each charged with four counts of robbery each.

During the investigation of the Patti Road robbery, Sheriff's Office investigators developed Surber as a suspect in the Dollar General robbery, through witness statements.

Phillippe is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail and Gillispie is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Both robberies are still under investigation.