According to police, the suspect announced himself to the clerk by saying, “You know why I’m here.”
At the same time, a customer was approaching the register with a six-pack of Miller Lite in his hand. The suspect goes behind the counter and the convenience store employee puts his hands up as the suspect allegedly threatens him, WOOD-TV reported.
The customer, who has a valid concealed carry permit, fired three shots, officials said. He then moved to the side of the counter and fired three more shots. Then he fired a seventh shot at the suspected thief.
Officials said the customer reportedly shot the suspect in the arm, back and face.
The alleged robber fell to the ground, which is when the customer ran to his car to get another magazine for his gun. He then held the suspect at gunpoint until the police arrived, authorities said.
Police said the suspected thief didn’t have a gun during the robbery, but threatened the store clerk with a box cutter.
The customer said he couldn’t see what weapon was in the robber’s hand, but he could see the look of fear on the clerk's face, police said.
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The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Cordelius Anthony Martin, was released from the hospital on Aug. 16 and has been charged with three charges, including armed robbery, authorities said.
He is reportedly a three-time felon, so he could face up to life in prison for the attempted robbery, officials said. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Meanwhile, the hero customer is waiting to find out if he will face any charges for the shooting. Police said they are still investigating the shooting.
Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz told WOOD-TV, "In Michigan, obviously, we do have defense of others as part of the law in Michigan, that you can defend others if they’re in a situation that there’s dangerous force being used against them. And certainly in this case, we’ll be looking at the facts in regard to that."
The store clerk told WOOD-TV that the hero customer “saved my life.”
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