Smoke Shop Employee Shoots Robber, Who Was Armed With a Shotgun, in the Head

December 16 2014
by GSL Staff
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A New Mexico smoke shop employee turned the tables on an armed robber earlier this week. The suspect is identified as 24-year-old Luciano Acuna.

According to KVIA:

las-cruces-solano-dead-jpgLas Cruces Police say that shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, Acuna had his face partially covered with a mask and was armed with a shotgun when he entered DCP’s Smoke Shop in the 1000 block of S. Solano Dr.

Detectives have reason to believe Acuna pointed the shotgun at one of the employees and demanded cash from the store’s register, police said.

Acuna became distracted for a moment and the employee retrieved a handgun and fired multiple shots at the robbery suspect with one of the shots hitting Acuna in the head.

The make and model of the firearm used by the clerk are currently unknown.

This is the 14th defensive gun use we’ve documented in New Mexico and the 1,365th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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