One thief tried to a rob a convenience store in East Knoxville, but was fatally shot by an armed bystander who is being hailed as a hero.
Officers answered a call at 2:35 a.m. in a report of shots fired at the Breadbox on 6200 block of Asheville Highway. When they arrived they found 18 year old Tamon on the floor with a single gunshot wound. Tamon was armed with a 9mm when he entered the store and forced the clerk to get behind the counter.
A male friend of the clerk was outside of the store sitting in his vehicle when he saw the armed robbery taking place. He retrieved his weapon, walked into the store, and fired a single shot that proved to be fatal.
Local news agencies checked to see if what the man did was legal in the state of TN or if charges would be brought.
“The law in Tennessee as to third party is basically the same as it is to any individual in self defense,” said Knox County District Attorney General Charme P. Allen. “If you walk upon a stranger and you think that stranger is fixing to be hurt, then you can act on behalf of that stranger.”
No other person was harmed in the incident. Tamon’s 9mm was thought to be stolen and the serial numbers had been removed.
Way to go to the clerk’s friend! This is exactly why it pays to go to the range.
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