In this video of an attempted robbery in Franklin County, Ohio, the clerk’s situational awareness allows him to respond quickly. The clerk is suspicious of the customer coming in with his hand hidden and preparing to draw his own gun from his back pocket. The lack of a holster is a reasonable indicator that the clerk didn’t have any formal training. The store had personnel arm themselves after three armed robberies in a year.
The clerk immediately pulls up his own gun.
“I didn’t think about it,” he said. “I just pulled the gun. If I didn’t do it first – it was me. It was him or me. I had no choice.”
In the video, I was only able to detect two shots. One can be heard as the suspect drops down below the counter level. That one was fired by the clerk and appears to have been a miss.
The extremely fortunate suspect, Emanuel Hamm, was wounded in one of his hands. He was arrested later at a hospital.
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