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Theft and property crimes: Gas clerk shoots robbery suspect

| May 16, 2018 | Theft & Property Crimes |

Police say three men who allegedly tried to rob a gas station got more than they bargained for from an angry clerk. This incident, classified under theft and property crimes in Tennessee, involves accusations that three armed men tried to rob a gas station store and the clerk wasn’t having it. The 58-year-old employee is said to have fought back and ended up shooting one of the suspects.

The worker was on a break when police said the suspects, who were armed, began to run toward him. The worker apparently claims that one of the suspects pointed a gun at him, so he used his firearm to shoot the man, wounding him in the stomach. He alleges that the two other suspects fled the scene, leaving their injured cohort. 

The employee said he tried to tend to the wound he’d just inflicted on the 18-year-old who supposedly tried to rob him. He called 911 and performed CPR on the teen. The young man is in hospital in stable, but critical condition. The clerk said in his 19 years working at the gas station, this was the first robbery incident he had experienced. Police are searching for the other two suspects and say they will charge the wounded man with unlawful possession of a gun, gun theft and attempted aggravated robbery when he is released from hospital.

Theft and property crimes are serious business in Tennessee. The law does not look favorably on people who commit these crimes. So, getting the help of an experienced attorney to fight the charges might be a wise decision on the part of those accused. A lawyer may be able to mount an aggressive defense. The burden of proof in criminal proceedings lies entirely on the prosecutors, and a savvy defense attorney will fight to achieve the best possible result for a client.

Source:, “Joelton gas station clerk fights back, shoots robbery suspect”, Kara Apel and Kim St. Onge, May 11, 2018