Truck Stop Employee Shoots One Armed Robber While Another Employee Tackles a Second

September 24 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
Gun(s) Used: Unknown Location:
# of Suspects: Shots Fired: Unknown
Suspect Killed: State:
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Yeah, yeah, cue the one-armed robber jokes. A pair of would-be armed robbers certainly had their hands full with the employees of a truck stop in Kentucky.

According to,

Two men had entered the truck stop, and the one holding a gun demanded money.

“The store owner had a weapon and fired at the suspect with a gun, striking him,” Hall said. The robber “fled the scene and was later picked up in a field about a quarter of a mile away.”

The other man was tackled and held down by employees, Hall said.

The suspect who was shot is being treated at an area hospital and is described as being in stable condition. The second suspect is currently under arrest and is facing felony charges for his role in the attempted robbery.

It does not appear that any of the employees of the business were injured in the incident.

This is the 25th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Kentucky and the 1,296th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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