Saturday, July 02, 2016
TN: Armed Customer Stops Armed Robbery/Kidnapping of Clerk
A customer at an East Ridge gas station fatally shot a suspected robber Thursday morning after the man allegedly threatened to kill the clerk, police say.
East Ridge Police Department Capt. Tim Mullinax said the customer entered the Marathon station at 4011 Ringgold Road armed with a large bladed object. He stole money from the register and "a large quantity of cigarettes," then grabbed the clerk and forced her to accompany him out of the store.
Outside, Mullinax said, the alleged robber and the clerk encountered a customer who noticed what was happening inside. After grabbing a handgun from his vehicle, the customer fired several shots at the man, hitting him at least once in the torso, Mullinax said.