ARNOLD, MO — A would-be robber was shot and killed in an attempt to make a quick fortune knocking over a pawn shop in Missouri, KSDK reports.
According to KSDK:
Arnold Police Chief Robert Shockey said the incident happened at Pawn King on Jeff Co Boulevard at around 4 p.m. Shockey said the armed suspect came into the shop and attempted to rob the business when he was shot and killed. The owner was not hurt. Longtime customer Tom McKinnon defended the owner and his family, from whom he’s purchased guns for 15 years.
“They’re straight shooters, so to speak,” McKinnon said.
He said he was relieved to hear the owner wasn’t hurt.
“As long as the good guys are OK, I don’t care what happens to the bad guys,” he said.
McKinnon added he has no sympathy for the man who died.
“He went in there to do harm to somebody — not just steal, but do harm — and anybody who tries to do harm, take him out of the picture,” he said.
“Straight shooters” is about the best black humor I have yet seen come out of a self defense incident.
In all seriousness, however, I am not sure what the would-be robber expected. At Concealed Nation, we have relayed countless stories in which would-be pawn shop robbers are laid flat on their you-know-whats by the owners or employees. It’s not the same as trying to rob an armed security company — but it’s the next-best thing.
These folks are purveyors of valuables and firearms, often being sold or pawned by folks down on their luck — of course the vast majority of them are going to be armed and ready.
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