Saturday, January 10, 2009

Florida: Police: Man Shoots, Kills Armed Robber At Car Wash

Orlando, Florida

From WESH of January 9, 2009
Police: Man Shoots, Kills Armed Robber At Car Wash

A car wash customer in Orange County shot and killed a man he said was trying to rob him on Friday.

The shooting happened at Mr. Big's Super Car Wash off Orange Blossom Trail.

"During this attempted robbery, the victim, who holds a concealed weapons permit, pulled out his weapon and fired shots into the bad guy," said Orange County Sheriff's Office Commander Paul Hopkins.

The alleged robber was shot in a car wash stall. He ran about 50 feet and fell near some orange cones.

Hopkins said the shooter was washing his car when two men approached him. He said one had a sawed-off shotgun.

Hopkins said that modus operandi fits a series of recent holdups.

"We've responded to about five robberies in the last week where these have been similar types of events, the sawed-off shotguns," Hopkins said.

Hopkins said the most recent shooting at the car wash appears to be similar to an incident in Ocoee, where a man shot a robber who was beating a store clerk.

"For the bad guys out there, you never know who you're dealing with," Hopkins said. "When you go out to commit this crime, you might be the one who's lying dead in the parking lot."

Investigators said there were two suspects. One died in the parking lot and the other is still on the run.

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