From WJON, St. Cloud, Minnesota, October 11, 2016
A man who allegedly tried to attack a couple outside the St. Cloud Walmart store last week got more than he bargained for. It turns out the husband has a permit to carry, and used his gun to thwart off the attacker.
According to the criminal complaint, the couple was walking to their car just before midnight last Wednesday when a man dragging a baseball bat approached them. He asked the couple if they’ve “ever been hit in the head with a bat?”. The couple thought the man was joking and continued walking.
The husband heard the suspect take a deep breath when he turned around to find the suspect raising the bat as if to hit them. The man pulled out his gun and ordered the man to drop the bat.
Thirty-year-old Phillip Keys dropped the bat and told the man to shoot him before fleeing the scene. . . .
From WRTV, Channel 6 ABC, October 11, 2016. According to the video, the robbers stopped here were apparently responsible for 9 robberies in the last 72 hours.
Five teenagers – two legally adults – walked into a west side Burger King last week wearing masks and armed with guns, planning on robbing the store. Instead, they found themselves in a firefight with an armed customer. . . .
The attempted robbery that would lead to their arrest began with Cowherd and two of the juvenile suspects entering the Burger King at 5199 W. Washington Street wearing masks and hoodies. The two juveniles were armed with firearms . . . .
One of the juveniles pointed his gun at the employee working the register and demanded that she open the drawer.
At that point, a customer – who told police he’d seen the suspects putting on masks and going into the Burger King and felt the employees’ lives were in danger – entered the store with his own firearm and commanded Cowherd and the two juvenile suspects to “get down.”
According to the probable cause affidavit, one of the juvenile suspects then turned toward the customer, who fired five shots at him. The juvenile suspect fired one shot in return and then dropped the gun as he ran out of the store. . . .
ClickonDetroit, Detroit, Michigan, October 10, 2016
The Hip Hop Shop is a place made famous by Detroit rapper Eminem. Police said the shooting appeared to be a case of a worker fighting back against a robber. . . .
“If there’s an attempted robbery, a citizen has the right to defend himself,” Officer Mark Thornton said.
The worker has been taken downtown for questioning. Police said he called 911 after firing the shots and waited for them at the scene. . . .
KIRO Channel 7, Tacoma, Washington, October 8, 2016
The shooting occurred along Division Avenue, in the parking lot of Frisko Freeze, a burger restaurant.
Police say the man who was shot, identified Saturday as Terry Webb, had approached two men sitting in a car in the parking lot. Witnesses told police he robbed them at gunpoint, before one of the men in the car shot him.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
The person who shot Webb was legally armed and had no criminal history.
Police said a friend of Webb’s drove him to Tacoma General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“People do have the right to defend themselves, they do have a right to legally carry firearms, and in this case, this person did,” said Officer Loretta Cool, of the Tacoma Police Department. . . .
WSVN Channel 7 News, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 11, 2016
According to Fort Lauderdale Police, a store clerk working at Comet Food Market located at 2696 SW 8th St., near Saint Thomas High School, was confronted by an armed man wearing a mask who entered his family’s convenience store.
“There was a robbery where the suspect, an adult black male, entered the store — masked — attempted to rob the store and the clerk,” said Tracy Figone of Fort Lauderdale Police. . . .
“Person came in the store and tried to rob us, and the clerk fired at the person that tried to rob us,” said a store employee.
Both the suspect and the store clerk suffered from bullet wounds.
The store clerk was taken to a nearby hospital after being grazed by a bullet with non-life threatening injuries. He is expected to be OK.
“He’s a good guy, you know,” said employee Lony Apollon about the clerk. “He is a very good guy and I can vouch for that. He is one of the greatest guys and a great co-worker.” . . .