Knife-wielding thief shot,
killed by armed citizen
Originally ran here
"Robbery suspect killed in shooting"
The Tennessean -- A Murfreesboro Pike
businessman's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding robbery suspect yesterday
afternoon was justifiable, police said.
The suspect was a 44-year-old man whose last
known address was a Nashville homeless shelter, Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron
said in a news release. The man's name was being withheld because his family had
not been notified.
Aaron gave this account of the shooting:
At 2:15 p.m., the suspect entered King's
Florist, 722 Murfreesboro Pike, and told owner Paulette King, 45, of Antioch,
that he was there to rob the store. Holding a knife at King's throat, the robber
dragged her to the cash register and took less than $30.
As the robber began forcing King to the back of
the shop, she yelled for help. Next door at Unique Hair Design, 720 Murfreesboro
Pike, Wayne T. Martin heard her cries.
Martin yelled back at King, and the robber
fled. King told Martin she had just been robbed. Martin and his son ran outside,
saw the suspect running north on Murfreesboro Pike and followed in a vehicle.
They caught up with him in the parking lot of
Music City Dodge, 710 Murfreesboro Pike.
Martin jumped out and ordered the suspect to
the ground, but the suspect pulled his knife on Martin. Martin pulled his gun,
but the suspect came at him with a knife.
Martin, who has a valid handgun carry permit,
fired twice, hitting the suspect in the chest.
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