Police have released the identity of the would-be robber who was shot and killed after barging into a store and attacking the owner with a box cutter.
The owner of the Discount Tobacco and Beer on Murfreesboro Road said he was robbed by a suspect who came into his store before 10:30 p.m. Monday, said News Channel 5.
The store had just closed. Police said the owner and another person were standing outside talking when 35-year-old Jamie Sellars walked up from behind the building.
Sellars was wearing a black hoodie and jeans. He started out by asking a question before lunging at him with the box cutter.
“He came out from behind (and) asked if they were open. They were not, so he attacked the owner with his box cutters,” said Kathy Tyson with the La Vergne Police Department.
The owner sustained a cut on his neck. Despite the injury, the store owner reached for his gun and shot the Sellars one time. Sellars was able to leave the store, but did not get far.
Officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department arrived a short time later. K-9 units were able to find the body of the suspect right next door.
Sellars was treated at the scene but was pronounced dead before being transported to the hospital.
Officials said the store owner did have a carrying permit for his gun.
The store owner was not expected to be charged. His identity was not been released.
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