[Video] Security Cam Footage Shows Gunfight Between Store Owner and Armed Robber in Cleveland

January 12 2015
by GSL Staff
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Source: newsnet5.com Archive: WebCite.org

Cleveland, Ohio – The owner of a deli used a firearm to defend himself from an armed robber last week.

Security footage from the incident was just released to the public over the weekend and shows the harrowing situation.

A man in a hoodie enters the store and produces a handgun. The clerk crouches down behind the counter. The clerk grabs his gun and when the suspect opens fire, the clerk does the same.

Neither the clerk nor the suspect were struck during the exchange of gunfire, which lasted only seconds.

According to local media reports:

Steve’s Deli owner Fares Naser was behind the counter just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday when a man in a hood entered the store and pulled out a gun.

Naser displayed surveillance video to NewsChannel 5 that showed Naser crouched behind the counter as the man pointed the gun in Naser’s direction. Naser says the two exchanged gunfire and the suspect fled the store. Naser says he was unharmed in the incident.

“He came in and was like give me all your money and then he started shooting at me and I shot back and tried to defend myself somehow,” said Naser.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. 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.

This is the 78th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Ohio and the 1,381st defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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