Ill. store clerk shoots, kills suspect during…


ROCK ISLAND, In poor health. (KWQC) – A retailer clerk in Illinois shot and killed an armed theft suspect and won’t be dealing with expenses at the moment.

“After a preliminary review of surveillance video and witness interviews, it appears the use of force by the employee was justified as self-defense and for the defense of others inside the store during the robbery,” Rock Island County State’s Legal professional Dora Villarreal mentioned.

The shop clerk defined to KWQC why he pulled the set off.

The incident occurred Tuesday evening at Blackhawks Tobacco & Vape in Rock Island, Illinois. In response to police, three theft suspects, all sporting masks, entered the shop. One in every of them had a gun.

As they threatened workers and demanded merchandise, the shop clerk, who requested to stay nameless, determined he needed to open hearth.

“I was just thinking about trying to stay calm, stay still because they had the gun right in our faces,” he mentioned.

The clerk mentioned that incident was the primary time he has encountered armed theft inside the shop.

“This man looked me in the eyes and said, ‘You have kids at home? You have a family at home? I do. I wanna go home. Do you wanna go home tonight?’ As they were exiting the store, I saw him point the firearm towards a customer that was pulling up, and that’s when I emptied the magazine into him,” the shop clerk mentioned.

The clerk mentioned there have been two different workers members working. None of them have been harmed.

“We are just a little shaken up right now, trying to process everything,” the clerk mentioned. “Nobody wants to see anybody lose their life. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt, but people made their choices yesterday, and it ended up being what it is.”

The shop clerk has since give up his job.

“I almost died twice yesterday, man, with the gun in my face, and I could have gone to prison and lost my whole life. I just put an end to it and told them I was done. It is what it is,” he mentioned.

A second suspect was injured within the incident, discovered by police and brought to the hospital, the place he’s in severe however secure situation. Legal expenses are pending in opposition to the suspect, KWQC reviews.

The third suspect continues to be at giant. In case you have any details about the case, contact Rock Island Police at (309) 732-2677 or Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500.

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