“MORE POWER TO THEM”: MO Sheriff Praises Store Owners That Shoot Armed Robbers

Published on October 1, 2014

This Sheriff appreciates store owners that are able to defend themselves against armed robberies. Check it out…

An armed robber attempted to score prescription drugs in an attempted robbery of a family pharmacy near Branson, Missouri. We’ll give him “partial credit” for his attempt to acquire drugs. The robbery itself was a complete failure, but the bullet wound he picked up from an armed employee during the robbery likely resulted in the issuance of a limited amount of prescription painkillers at the hospital before he’s transferred to the local jail.

According to the Taney County Sheriff’s Office an employee of Family Pharmacy, armed with his own handgun, fired one shot at the suspect — hitting him in the side.

“When this individual went in the store, brandishing a gun and pointing it at people, they didn’t know whether he might try to shoot them [or not]. They… were in fear of their lives,” says Taney County Sheriff, Jimmie Russell

“So when this employee stepped around and fired a shot, he definitely turned the robber’s attention away from doing the robbery to making him flee. As long as you’ve got store owners or store employees who are well trained and proficient with fire arms, more power to them,” Russell says.

Investigators say the suspect fired back multiple times while running out the door, but no one was hurt.

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