Grocer wounded in gunfire;
Originally published here
on March 3, 2001
Sharon Robertson believes God was with her husband Friday morning [March 2,
2001] when he was shot in a gunbattle with robbers outside his El Dorado grocery
One suspect died in the
exchange, while another remained at large Friday. Neither was identified or
described by police.
Joe Robertson, however, will
recover, Sharon Robertson said as she sat in her husband's room at Medical
Center of South Arkansas. He was shot twice, once in the leg and once in the
The episode began at 4:30
a.m. when Joe Robertson, 53, pulled into the parking lot of Joe's Grocery store
on Arkansas 82 east of El Dorado. He was there, as always, to open his store.
Capt. Ken Jones of the Union
County sheriff's office said the two robbers were waiting and approached
Robertson and demanded money. The gunbattle began moments later, he said.
Sharon Robertson said her
husband carried a .357-caliber Magnum revolver in his truck. He used it Friday
to defend himself, Jones said. But police don't believe he shot anyone.
"It is possible one of
the suspects shot the other," Jones said.
The wound that killed one of
the suspects apparently was made by a shotgun, police said. Jones said the only
person with a shotgun was the suspect's partner, who fled.
The man who died had a
semiautomatic pistol. Police found a 12-gauge shotgun in the car ditched by the
The suspect was followed from
the scene by a witness who watched him drive off the road and run into the
woods, Jones said. The car was reported stolen out of North Little Rock.
Robertson did not know his
alleged attackers, Jones said, but he was able to give a clear description of
them shortly after driving himself to the hospital.
Sharon Robertson said she
heard of the shooting after her husband made it to the hospital. Her
brother-in-law, who works at Joe's Grocery, witnessed the final moments of the
gunbattle as he arrived at work and called to say her husband had been shot.
"God was with him,"
KeepAndBearArms.com Note: Regardless of
whose gunshot put the parasite 6 feet under, it was the armed resistance that
led to his demise and may even have saved Mr. Robertson's life. We wish him a
full and speedy recovery and hope another armed citizen stops the guy who got
away if he ever tries to do this again.
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