WHY I CARRY: Store Clerk Shot And Killed Because He Didn’t Give Customer Cigarettes Fast Enough
A senseless shooting occurred in Arizona early this morning when a customer, Apolinar Altamirano, 29, was so impatient with the clerk taking longer than he had hoped with getting him a pack of cigarettes, that he shot and killed the clerk.
Altamirano reportedly dumped change on the counter, and the clerk told Altamirano he needed a moment to count the money.
The clerk, 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness flagged an officer down who happened to be driving down the road right after the shooting. The witness was able to provide a description of the suspect’s vehicle, and that description led to the capture of the suspect.
That was the start of a long, high-speed chase on several Valley freeways, including U.S. 60 and State Route 51, that eventually ended with the driver’s arrest near 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road.
The driver was stopped in southwest Phoenix when Mesa police used a PIT maneuver, Berry said, which causes a vehicle to spin to a stop after it is clipped by a police car.
Remember folks, even though this officer was in the area, it was too late to save this young man’s life. It is up to us to be prepared to defend ourselves against the evil that exists in our world.
Altamirano was taken into custody following the chase.