Suspect in Leominster robbery who was shot by officer held without bail

The suspect in a robbery at a CVS in Leominster Tuesday night who was shot by a police officer has been held without bail. 

The suspect was shot and wounded during the confrontation on Highland Avenue. 

According to police, Ryan Powell, 24, is listed in stable condition at UMass-Memorial Hospital in Worcester. He is being treated for a wound to his jaw. 

Powell was arrested and will be arraigned Wednesday on charges of armed robbery, assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon. 

Police said Powell entered the CVS on Nelson Street at 10:42 p.m. and demanded narcotics from two employees. 

When his demand was denied, police said, he assaulted the employees. He pointed what appeared to be a gun at the employees who responded by handing over a bottle of OxyContin and a bottle of Xanax. 

Leominster Police found the suspect on Highland Ave., where he appeared to be armed with a handgun. 

He was ordered to drop the weapon several times, police said. 

Police said Powell raised the gun to his head several times. The firearm was discharged in the air and then directed at the officers.

The police officer has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation. 

Powell was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in the intensive care unit at the hospital. 

He was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on May 5. 

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