Another Defensive gun use in Chicago
Suspected Robber Shot and Killed at NW Side Pawnshop
Updated: Wednesday, 09 Jun 2010, 7:04 AM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 08 Jun 2010, 4:40 PM CDT
Sun-Times Media Wire
Chicago - A convicted felon was shot to death as he tried to rob a Northwest Side pawnshop Tuesday afternoon -- the third incident involving a citizen shooting an assailant in the city in the past two weeks.
The man killed was identified as Michael McMillan, 24, of 309 N. Menard Ave., according to a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. McMillan was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center at 1:17 p.m., the spokesman said.
The slain suspect was convicted in 2006 of armed robbery and sentenced to boot camp, court records show.
Police sources said the owner of Fullerton Pawners Inc. shot the robber at about 1 p.m. inside the store. Two accomplices, one wearing a black backpack, ran away. One may have been wounded, sources said.
Police have recovered a revolver they believe the slain robber was wielding, sources said.
Joseph Barats, president of the store at 5900 W. Fullerton Ave., declined comment. On a YouTube video, Barats said the store is family-owned. He took over the business about five years ago, he says in the video. . . .
On June 3, a 27-year-old South Austin man shot and wounded a man who jumped through the window of a home as he was running away from police officers during a drug bust. And on May 26, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran shot and killed a suspected burglar at his home in East Garfield Park. The veteran was robbed at gunpoint last year, his family said.
Neither resident was charged with violating the handgun ban. In both instances, the slain robbers were convicted felons. . . .
The following story from ABC 7Chicago indicates that the other store owners were not surprised that the store owner had a gun for protection. The short written story from them is available here.
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