A Florida man thought he had successfully robbed an auto repair shop up until the moment he was shot by the store's owner, police say.
An armed Florida man entered the Galaxy Tires and Auto Repair on Woodruff Avenue in Jacksonville around 11:45 a.m. on Friday, according to police. The man reportedly robbed the owner of the auto repair shop at gunpoint. The thief allegedly ran out of the shop with the stolen money.
The robber then allegedly pointed his gun at a customer sitting in a car at the shop and ordered the person to exit the vehicle. The thief carjacked the vehicle; however, the car was at the auto repair shop because it was not working. The armed man ditched the non-operational car and fled the crime scene on foot.
While the thief was running away, the owner reportedly retrieved his gun and pursued the robber. Police say that the robber pointed his gun at the owner, who then responded by shooting the thief. The robber was shot once in his lower body.
The thief ran to a nearby restaurant before he collapsed in the parking lot. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Police found stolen property from the auto repair shop on the suspect.
The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and several other charges.
There were no other injuries, according to WJXT.
Last week, a would-be thief attempted an armed robbery of an O'Reilly's Auto Parts store in Chicago, according to police. In that incident, a good guy with a gun thwarted the attempted robbery. The owner reportedly acted in self-defense, and shot the robber dead after the man pulled a gun on him.
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