Store Clerk Draws Gun on Robber Armed With Pepper Spray, Bystander Assists in Capture

June 12 2014
by GSL Staff
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It’s good to see multiple people standing up for themselves and helping to get bad guys off the streets in this case.

According to local media reports, a clerk at a Shelby, NC gas station was confronted by a would be robber who was armed with pepper spray.

Fortunately, the clerk was carrying a holstered handgun. The clerk drew his firearm and pointed it at the suspect.

The suspect, realizing how outgunned he was fled the store. However, another good samaritan saw what was happening and followed the suspect in his car.

These actions led to police being able to capture the suspect nearby without further incident.

According to Fox Carolina,

The suspect was identified as Nicholas Richard Hartman. He was charged with common law robbery and is being held at the detention center on $20,000 bond.

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.

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