As reported, the owner of a Jackson, Mississippi automobile salvage yard used his shotgun to stop a would-be robber who was charging with an axe:
Police say that the owner of M&M Auto Sales was going about his business when he noticed an intruder. He reportedly asked the intruder to leave, only to have the man charge at him while brandishing an ax. Fearing for his safety, the business owner grabbed his self defense shotgun and fired, striking the assailant in the leg and ending the attack, according to news reports. A suspect, reportedly identified as 48 year old Curtis Wright, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds, according to police. Wright is reportedly expected to be charged with grand larceny, once he is released from the hospital.
As this case shows, robbery is primarily a violent crime against the victim’s person, rather than against their property. While it appears that the alleged robber’s primary goal was “only” to take this business owner’s hard earned property, he allegedly went about accomplishing that goal though a violent attack that could easily have ended with the business owner’s death. Luckily, the owner was armed, as as a result escaped unharmed.