An attempted robbery at Whittier’s Bottle House Liquor did not go the way the would-be thief wanted thanks to the quick reflexes and focused mind of an armed store clerk.
The incident occurred at around 10:00 in the evening on Monday, November 6th at the Bottle House Liquor located at 6018 Norwalk Blvd. in Whittier when two men walked into the store with their faces covered.
Very quickly the store’s clerk that was on hand noticed that not only were these two men making it a point to shield their identities but according to the clerk’s police report, he could see that one of them was armed with a handgun.
Upon seeing this, the clerk decided that these men may pose a threat to him so the clerk drew his own handgun and immediately the situation turned chaotic. Bullets began flying around the store as the clerk and the armed criminal began to shoot at one another.
In this process, the clerk hit one of the two attempted robbers while the other abandoned his partner and ran for his life.
The criminal that was hit was injured so critically from the shots fired by the clerk that he fell to the floor in the store and died then and there.
As police showed up and began to take control of the scene they noticed that the robber that was on the ground had no gun on him, but evidence had been procured that let the police know a gun had been fired by one of the two men. They believe that the armed suspect is the man who fled the scene while his unarmed accomplice lay dying on the floor.
Police say that the man who escaped was a black man approximately 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall and weighed between 160 to 180 pounds. He was dressed in a dark hooded sweatshirt and wore a bandana to cover his face.
Anyone with information about this man is encouraged to call Detective Bolanos at 562-567-9281 or the Whittier police crime tip line at 562-567-9299 as the suspect may still be armed.
But as for the store clerk, his name is not being released for his safety, but there is no evidence that anything he did to defend himself was outside of his legal rights to do so. Just goes to show that a business that allows its employees to be armed is better suited for defense than a no-gun business.
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