TIFTON — A man who was shot in the head by a Tifton police officer during an alleged armed robbery attempt at Piggly Wiggly in April was officially charged with the crime Thursday.

Craig Eugene Plymel, 48, of Moultrie, is charged with two counts each of kidnapping and armed robbery and three counts of aggravated assault. According to reports, Plymel allegedly took a 16-year-old female clerk hostage at gunpoint after he entered the supermarket on Tift Avenue in a robbery attempt. Tifton Police Dept. Officer Dormeny McRae was in his patrol car at a nearby traffic light when he got the call of the robbery and responded. There were between 20 and 25 people in the store at approximately 9 p.m. April 7 when the incident occurred. No one besides the clerk was physically injured during the incident.

The GBI determined that McRae followed proper procedure when he shot Plymel. Plymel allegedly had the girl in his grasp at the time McRae shot him.

Lt. Porter Jackson of the TPD’s criminal investigation division said Friday that the warrants on the charges against Plymel had been outstanding since Plymel had been receiving medical treatment for his injuries.

“Those warrants had been in limbo and had to be served,” Jackson said.

Jackson said Plymel was processed on the warrants and then released on bond. He said that Plymel had difficulty communicating and that it would be up to the district attorney’s office to present the case to the grand jury.

“He (Plymel) will be evaluated to determine if he is capable of standing trial,” Jackson said.

Initially, Plymel was transported to a Macon hospital for treatment.

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