Friday, October 31, 2008

Arkansas: LR Store Clerk Shoots Would-be Robber

Little Rock, Arkansas

From Arkansas Matters of October 30, 2008
LR Store Clerk Shoots Would-be Robber

A would-be robber was shot in the leg Thursday morning in Little Rock after a store clerk turned the tables on him.

The suspect walked into the Pic-Pac Liquor store at 12th & Peyton around 7:00.

After pulling a gun on the clerk, the clerk pulled his own weapon, fired at the man, then chased the suspect outside the store, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Police say the store was "ready for a robbery," and that this was not the first time the store had been held up.

"We have recovered both weapons, the robber's weapon plus the owner's weapon and we'll continue the investigation. Any charges that may be filed, we'll put that up to the prosecutor's office once we get the file complete," said Lt. Terry Hastings, spokesman for the Little Rock Police Department.

"We don't recommend that anyone use violence against a person, but businesses do have that right, and he does have the right to defend himself. When this individual came into the store, pulled a gun, it's a robbery, he does have that right," Hastings said.

Police have not yet released the names of the clerk or the suspect as their investigation into the incident continues.

The suspect's gunshot wound is not believed to be life-threatening.

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