Man with concealed handgun permit comes to wife's rescue
The Dallas Morning News writes:
Fort Worth police praise man who shot at Albertsons robber
FW: Suspect in crime at store left at hospital; 2 others sought in case
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, July 5, 2007
By MARISSA ALANIS / The Dallas Morning News
A Fort Worth man who only wanted to protect his wife stuck in an Albertsons store during a robbery is being hailed for his heroics by police.
The retired man may have shot one of the robbers early Wednesday at the store in the 3500 block of Sycamore School Road.
Three men armed with guns robbed the store shortly after midnight and stole wallets and purses belonging to customers, said Lt. Dean Sullivan, a Fort Worth police spokesman.
The man, whom police didn't identify because he is a witness, saw two of the men walking around nervously before they entered the store. The witness said he called 911 when one of the men pulled out a gun and fired as he walked into the store.
About 20 seconds later, the witness's wife tried to call him from her cellphone inside the store. But he never got to talk to her.
"I just heard her saying, 'There is nothing in my purse,' " he recalled. "And there was a 'pow.' The phone went dead."
The man, who has a concealed handgun license, sprang into action. He walked into the store with his .45-caliber pistol under his shirt.
"I really thought I'd find her in the store shopping and get her out the back door," he said. "That was my intention. ... I had no intention of confronting these armed bandits."
But in the store, one of the robbers pointed the gun at the man. The man then fired twice. The robber ran away, and it's unknown whether he returned fire, Lt. Sullivan said. Outside the store, the retired man fired again. . . . .
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