Friday, January 06, 2006

New Hampshire: Store clerk will continue to carry gun ... at a different store: "A store clerk fired for bringing a gun to work has a new job at another store. Bruce Soiett said that he always brings his .45-caliber handgun to work. He used to work at a Cumberland Farms in Greenland, and on Dec. 7, the store was robbed at gunpoint. When the thief ran, Soiett followed him. "I yelled at him to stop, and he turned with the gun," Soiett said. "I fired two quick shots because I thought he was going to shoot at me." No one was hit, and the robber was never caught. Soiett lost his job because Cumberland Farms has a no-weapon policy. The owner of the Exit 3 Travel Stop in Portsmouth was happy to hire him. "We feel more comfortable having people who can stand up for themselves," store owner Bharat Batel said."

Alabama: Store owner kills one robber, holds other for police : "One man is dead and another is in police custody today after an attempted robbery at a Tuscaloosa gas station. Surveillance video shows the two men entering the Raceway on McFarland Boulevard wearing ski masks around 2:45 Thursday morning.The store owner says one of them, a 19-year-old man, put a gun to his head and demanded money. That's when the owner says he grabbed his own gun and started shooting, killing the 19-year-old. The owner then pointed his gun at 22-year-old Jamie Marcus Witherspoon and told him to get on the ground where he held him until police arrived. Lieutenant Lloyd Baker with the Tuscaloosa Homicide unit says the owner is not being charged with any crime because it was a case of self-defense."

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