Store Owner Shoots Armed Robber
Follow-up story below, ran here
February 15, 2001
City store owner cleared in robbery
By Diana Baldwin
Staff Writer, The Oklahoman
The owner of a southwest Oklahoma City convenience store has been cleared of any
wrongdoing in shooting a robber, Oklahoma County District Attorney Bob Macy said
Macy ruled that Toan Ho, the owner of Kimie's
Store, 3640 SW 38, was justified in shooting Richard Lee Stapp Jr., 24, during a
Jan. 19 robbery.
Ho and Hanh Hoang, an employee, were working
behind the store counter when Stapp, armed with a gun and covering his face with
a jacket, entered the business, Macy said.
Ho reached into a compartment underneath the
cash register and grabbed a loaded 9 mm handgun. Stapp continued to advance
toward Ho and Hoang, demanding all the money from the store, the prosecutor
The owner fired once at Stapp. As Stapp ran
from the store, Ho set off the silent hold- up alarm and telephoned 911.
Ho found a handgun on the floor, Macy said.
Stapp was found by police lying face down in
the street, just north of the convenience store. Parked in front of the store
was a car owned by Stapp's girlfriend, Macy said. A magazine loaded with seven
bullets was found in the car.
"It is clear from the evidence and the
facts presented that Toan Ho and Hanh Hoang were in fear for their lives,"
Macy said. "Use of deadly force by a citizen is legal under the laws of the
state of Oklahoma when it is necessary to protect yourself from serious bodily
injury or death."
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