A liquor store clerk reportedly used his gun to stop a pair of armed and violent robbers.
Police say that at about 11:30pm, two men entered the Windy Hill Bottle Shop in Marietta, Georgia, and held the clerk at gunpoint as part of a robbery attempt. Fearing for his life, the clerk reportedly drew his own gun, at which point both the robbers and the clerk opened fire. One of the suspects was hit and died from his wounds, while the other fled, leaving the clerk unharmed, according to news reports. A search for the second suspect is said to be underway.
Armed robberies are a deadly threat for the employees and patrons of a business. Had this clerk been unarmed, he could have ended up shot like this deli owner, this bakery worker, this man, or this woman, as criminals often shoot even those victims who fully cooperate. Attempting to run away often leaves a robbery victim shot as well, as this man learned. Luckily, this clerk was armed, and as a result was able to defend himself against this violent robbery attempt. As a result, he went home unharmed and a suspect is in custody. Simply put, armed self defense works.
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