Yesterday morning, just after 6:00 A.M., KSL.com reports that a frequent Starbucks patron may have saved a life while having his morning joe.
This happened in Millcreek, Utah. The commotion began when a 37-year-old man named Benjamin Overall started behaving aggressively toward customers at a 7-Eleven. The police had already been called, but as the 7-Eleven customers confronted Overall, he dashed across the street and into the Starbucks.
He then leapt behind the counter and started landing blows on the female checkout clerk. He hit her on the back of the head at least once, and possibly again with a metal object. Our hero, a man in his late 60s, created a distraction, attempting to divert Overall’s attention toward himself. This worked. As Overall approached the man, he pulled out his concealed handgun, which he is legally licensed to carry, and shot Overall once in the chest.
Stumbling out of the Starbucks, Overall was met by police, who had to subdue him with a taser before realizing he’d been shot. Both Overall and the clerk were taken to the hospital, and both are expected to live to tell the tale.
The concealed carrier has been “very cooperative” with law enforcement. It’s not clear whether he will face charges, but none have been filed at this time. The police detective, Ken Hansen, seems to think this was a justified self-defense shooting.
If we ran Starbucks, he’d get free coffee for life.