Armed Robber Threatens to Kill Female Clerk, She Draws Her Own Gun and Turns the Tables

July 8 2014
by GSL Staff
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A female clerk in Greenville County, SC turned the tables on a would be armed robber, identified as Steve Leon Griffin, after he produced a gun and threatened to kill her if she didn’t hand over the cash in the register.

That’s when the clerk drew her own gun and the would be robber fled the store empty handed.

According to WYFF, this suspect seemed to be in the beginning stages of crime spree

Deputies said Steve Leon Griffin robbed two businesses in two days.

They said Griffin went to the Waffle House on S. Pleasantburg Drive on June 27 at 11:57 p.m., handed a note to the cashier demanding money and threatened to kill her if she did not give him the money.

Griffin was arrested by police after descriptions of his vehicle at the scenes of both robberies led police to him. He faces two counts of armed robbery and two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

This incident is the most common type of defensive gun use. That is, one in which no shots were fired and no one was hurt. Despite this being the most common type of defensive gun use, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides.

This is the 32nd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of South Carolina and the 1,214th defensive gun use we’ve document overall.

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