Quick Acting Female Store Clerk Shoots and Kills Armed Robber With One Shot

June 24 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: philly.com Archive: WebCite.org

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The clerk behind the counter at Stan’s Health Foods has not been formally identified, but it is believed the clerk was a 46 year old woman who had previously worked in law enforcement, including a stint with the Secret Service.

When a man entered the store wielding a 6 inch hunting knife, the clerk kept her composure the entire time. It seems she was willing to let the suspect get away with some cash, but when he put the hunting knife to her chest, she wasn’t having any of it.

She immediately drew her firearm and fired a single shot, striking the suspect in the chest. According to Philly.com,

The man went behind the counter and threw the cash register on the floor to break it, Small said, then began collecting the money scattered on the floor. He then put the knife to the woman’s chest, Small said, and she sprang into action.

She drew a gun and fired a single shot into the man’s chest, Small said. The man collapsed on the floor.

When police arrived moments later, the suspect was still clutching some cash in his left hand, Small said. A knife was found nearby.

The man was pronounced dead shortly afterward at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. His name has not been released.

The clerk was not injured during the incident. This is the 43rd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Pennsylvania and the 1,183rd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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