Police: Employee Pulls Gun on Would-be Robber

Posted on: 10:35 pm, January 1, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:03pm, January 1, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are investigating an attempted robbery that has a little bit of an unusual twist.

Police say just after 9:00 p.m., a man went to the Thrift Mart on University Dr, which was closed at the time, and threw some sort of rock through the window and pointed a gun at employees, demanding money.

An employee inside the store pulled out a gun of her own and pointed it at the man, according to police.

The man immediately fled on foot. Police are currently searching for him with their K-9 unit.


  • cornelia callahan says:

    ^5 sister. I would loved to have seen his face, Mr. I’ve got a gun. I hope he is caught before he does hurt someone.

  • David remeur says:

    Too bad she didnt shoot the guy in the head. If you rob someone or even try then you desrve to get shot dead!

  • Martin says:

    That’s taking a chance, but in this case it worked.

  • Michael Kewl says:

    Perhaps she saved herself and others from real harm from this thug!!!!

  • skillpot says:

    Well now, let’s see if the employee gets fired for doing the right thing!

  • About dern time the good guys (or girls) won one. more of this needs to happen.

  • donmontalvo says:

    You pulled a gun on an armed robber and didn’t shoot?! You’re lucky to be alive. Excellent crime analysis: “He was wearing a dark hoodie”. ::rolls-eyes::

  • Wake Up says:

    I find it interesting that WHNT ran this story but not the one on the same day about the guy that pulled a gun on his assailant and shot himself in the groan and leg. Where is that story?

  • jamison-jones says:

    By the way, whnt, will you update us on the case of jason lewis who was killed by a corrections officer? whhat going on?

  • Haymaker says:

    yet another good example of the 2nd amendment working to good affect

  • rosetb2003 says:

    Wouldn’t it be good if all the burglary were confronted with the same method they use or let them be robbed to see how it feels I am glad the young lady wasn’t hurt she probably saved all their life

    • Wake Up says:

      I guess you and Haymaker did not read my post. Pulling a gun on an assailant sometimes goes bad. I know that most people enjoy a good dose of confirmation bias and only see/remember things that support their already held beliefs.

      • observe your own biases says:

        Your recommendation seems to ignore all the robberies that turn into kidnappings, rapes, and homicides. Must be nice to live free of the recognition of your own hypocrisies and experience no cognitive dissonance. If you really believe your smarter than these other commenters you’ll take a look inside.

  • Obama Lies says:

    Remember, see a threat and then articulate why you shot that P.O.S. to the Grand Jury. If he is attempting to rob you and you see a gun shoot center mass to eliminate the threat. Also, if you are in your house and somebody kicks in your door or makes illegal entry, and you feel that he is a threat to your life then wait till they cross the threshold before you open fire. You don’t know their intentions so assume they are there to harm you or your family. This is Alabama not some liberal state and we have a right to defend ourselves. Don’t let the criminals take over.

  • Sad thing is, all the No Guns Signs that the sheriff’s offices are asking business owners to put on their doors is inviting criminals to a Gun Free Zone. We see how well that works in schools, with all the shootings since that federal law was enacted. The good news about Alabama Schools is since the new pistol permits require a federal background check, any AL resident who visits a school with a concealed weapons permit can not be charged for having their pistol on their person or in their car. That has made schools a little safer in AL!

    I noticed on an earlier comment that The Castle Doctrine was mis quoted as to when you are legally justified in using deadly force, so I wanted to post the law. Here it is straight from The Code Of ALabama:

    “(a) A person is justified in using physical force upon another person in order to defend himself or herself or a
    third person from what he or she reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force by
    that other person, and he or she may use a degree of force which he or she reasonably believes to be necessary
    for the purpose. A person may use deadly physical force, and is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly
    physical force in self-defense or the defense of another person pursuant to subdivision (4), if the person
    reasonably believes that another person is:
    “(1) Using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force.
    “(2) Using or about to use physical force against an occupant of a dwelling while committing or attempting to
    commit a burglary of such dwelling.
    “(3) Committing or about to commit a kidnapping in any degree, assault in the first or second degree, burglary in
    any degree, robbery in any degree, forcible rape, or forcible sodomy.
    “(4) Using or about to use physical force against an owner, employee, or other person authorized to be on
    business property when the business is closed to the public while committing or attempting to commit a crime
    involving death, serious physical injury, robbery, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, or a crime of a sexual nature
    involving a child under the age of 12.
    “(5) In the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or has unlawfully and forcefully entered, a dwelling,
    residence, business property, or occupied vehicle, or federally licensed nuclear power facility, or is in the process
    of sabotaging or attempting to sabotage a federally licensed nuclear power facility, or is attempting to remove, or
    has forcefully removed, a person against his or her will from any dwelling, residence, business property, or
    occupied vehicle when the person has a legal right to be there, and provided that the person using the deadly
    physical force knows or has reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act is
    occurring. The legal presumption that a person using deadly physical force is justified to do so pursuant to this
    subdivision does not apply if:
    “a. The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the
    dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner or lessee, and there is not an injunction for protection from
    domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person;
    “b. The person sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the
    lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used;
    “c. The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or
    occupied vehicle to further an unlawful activity; or
    “d. The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement officer acting in the performance
    of his or her official duties.
    “(b) A person who is justified under subsection (a) in using physical force, including deadly physical force, and
    who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and is in any place where he or she has the right to be has no duty to
    retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground.
    “(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection(a), a person is not justified in using physical force if:
    “(1) With intent to cause physical injury or death to another person, he or she provoked the use of unlawful
    physical force by such other person.
    “(2) He or she was the initial aggressor, except that his or her use of physical force upon another person
    under the circumstances is justifiable if he or she withdraws from the encounter and effectively communicates to
    the other person his or her intent to do so, but the latter person nevertheless continues or threatens the use of
    unlawful physical force.
    “(3) The physical force involved was the product of a combat by agreement not specifically authorized by law.
    “(d) A person who uses force, including deadly physical force, as justified and permitted in this section is immune
    from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the force was determined to be
    “(e) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force described in
    subsection (a), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is
    probable cause that the force used was unlawful.”
    Section 9. Section 11-45-1.1, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the authority of a municipality to enact
    ordinances relating to handguns, is repealed.

    To learn more, go to BamaCarry.org and click on Gun Laws

  • Sue says:

    Wow! That was taking a chance. I’m guessing the guy was so shocked he ran. Otherwise he might have killed her. Great job for getting the best of him!!

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