Clerk Who Fired Warning Shot May Face Charges

December 9 2013
by GSL Staff
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Stock - gun in handA Rapid City, SD liquor store clerk may end up facing charges over firing a warning shot during a theft last week.

The clerk chased a suspect who stole some vodka out of the store, gave chase to the suspect as well as a waiting accomplice and fired a warning shot into the air as he chased them down the street.

The suspects dropped one of the bottles of liquor but managed to get away in the process.

According to the Rapid City Journal,

Police Chief Steve Allender said Friday that although store proprietors have a legal right to use a firearm to defend themselves in the event of a life-threatening confrontation, The clerk was never threatened by the thieves and he may be charged for recklessly discharging a firearm within city limits.

“It was not a shot that was fired in self-defense, and we have compiled the facts on this case,” he said.

Allender said that his department would forward its information to the office of the State’s Attorney to decide whether to prosecute. He expected a decision to be made next week.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, you’re responsible for every round that comes out of your gun. While the likelihood of someone being injured from a shot fired into the air is very low, there are cases of people being severely injured by errant rounds, usually the result of celebratory gun fire.

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