Memphis shop owner shoots would-be robber

Store Owner Shoots Robber
Published: Jul. 28, 2012 at 2:00 AM CDT|Updated: Jan. 13, 2017 at 3:51 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) – Chopper 5 hovered over the 1300 block of Willie Mitchell Boulevard shortly after a would-be robber was shot by the owner of Parker Prints, a screen printing shop.

"Whatever he got, he deserved that," said witness Travis Woods.

Woods lives in the neighborhood..

"I mean, you got to get you a job or something," said Woods.  "I know it's hard out here, but it ain't that hard."

Woods recorded the injured man on his way to The MED after police officers pulled him from underneath a nearby house.

"They were like if you don't come out now we're going to send a dog up under there," recalled Woods.  "They looked up under there, saw him, and said he up under there."

Butch Parker told Action News 5 his father shot the suspect in self-defense.

"And he was armed and shot a couple of times and you know we had to shoot back," said Parker.

Parker said the man followed two customers in around 4:30 Friday and quickly demanded cash, which the wholesale business does not keep a lot of on hand.

Parker said the 25 year-old company has never been bothered by crime.

"It's very disappointing, very disappointing," said Parker.  "But we're going get through it though."

Charges are pending against the suspect who was not critically injured.  Witness Travis Woods said he's fortunate.

"If somebody tried to rob me I'd do the same thing they did," said Woods.  "Lucky I don't kill him."

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