Sunday, June 23, 2013

TN:Robber, Owner of Gas Station in Gunfight

SUMMERTOWN, TN (WSMV) - A Lewis County gas station clerk didn't hesitate to fight back when an armed robber hit his store, but police say both men are lucky to be alive after what happened next. MOREAdditional Links Bullet holes, broken glass and a box full of discarded crime scene tape are all evidence of what happened at the J & C Market in Summertown.

Investigators say a man walked in about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, pulled a gun and demanded every dollar in the register.

"Told them to go stand in the corner away from the door on the opposite side of the building. When he exited the store, the owner exited the store," said Lewis County Sheriff's Lt. Tommy Fransen.

And that's when the gunfight began. Deputies say the thief fired at least five shots, and the owner shot back three times with nothing protecting him but an outdoor ice chest.

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