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NC man calls 911 over 'drug deal gone bad' at Walmart; ends up in jail, police say

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC - A Burnsville man called 911 Sunday night to report he was the victim of an armed robbery in the Walmart parking lot.

Hendersonville Police were sent the location around 11:30 p.m.

He told dispatchers someone put a shotgun in his face.

According to Capt. Bruce Simonds, that was only part of the story.

When officers arrived on scene they began trying to piece 20-year-old Dakota Buchanan's story together.

"He confessed that this was a drug deal gone bad," Simonds said.

Officers learned that Buchanan was in the area to buy 40 Dilaudid pills, a type of painkiller for $596. Buchanan revealed to police he was given a bottle of BBs instead and the suspects fled.

Buchanan told officers he chased the suspects down near Sam's Club, where they opened fire at Buchanan and he fired back at them.

Hendersonville Police arrested Dakota Bass, 18, of Hendersonville and Evan Paul Robbins, 20, of Finley Cove. Both men are charged with armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, felony conspiracy, conspiracy to commit robbery, possession of a weapon of mass destruction (sawed-off shotgun), assault by pointing a gun and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Buchanan faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony conspiracy, assault by pointing a gun and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

Two guns and some drugs were taken by police during the investigation.

No property was damaged nor was anyone injured during the shootout.

Simonds says without the Buchanan's call to 911, the incident would have likely gone unreported.

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