On the second floor, the owner of the shop was waiting for them. The owner had been alerted by the recent spate of looting in the city and was inside the building, safeguarding his firearm inventory.
The suspects were met by the armed shop owner, who fired three shots. One of the suspected robbers was shot fatally and another was wounded. The four men fled the building and sought treatment at a local hospital, where they issued a false report regarding their gunshot wounds. Police were quickly able to link the men to the failed robbery at the Firing Line.
“The facts we know and the law are clear that the business owner’s use of force while inside his own property against a burglar accompanied by others who was entering with a gun in his hand was justified,” the Philadelphia district attorney stated in a news release. “It is fortunate for the City of Philadelphia that this large cache of guns and ammunition were not taken and sold on the street.”
At the time of reporting, a 17-year-old suspect had been charged with robbery, burglary, conspiracy and related charges stemming from his alleged involvement with the armed robbery attempt. (FOX 29, Philadelphia, Pa., 06/02/2020)
From the Armed Citizen® Archives November 1960
Alarmed by a series of burglaries in the vicinity, Alfred L. Davis lay in wait for the fifth night in his Laclede, Mo., store when a plate-glass window crashed and two burglars entered.
Davis fired at one figure silhouetted in the doorway, the blast killing the intruder instantly. Police arrived to take the dead man’s accomplice into custody. They later traced three earlier burglaries to the pair. (Brookfield News Bulletin)