A 7-Eleven employee in Frederick County, Maryland thwarted an attempted robbery last week, wrestling a shotgun away from the suspect and putting an end to a potentially deadly situation.
WHAG-TV reports that Joseph Layman has been working at that 7-Eleven location for about five years without incident, until last Wednesday when a man walked in with a shotgun drawn and demanding money.
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Surveillance footage shows Layman grabbing at the gun. A short struggle ensued between the two men, with Layman eventually getting control of the shotgun.
The would-be armed robber immediately fled the scene. He remains on the loose.
Layman was shaken by the incident but uninjured.
“I had a thousand thoughts going through my mind. The last thing that went through my mind is he could still shoot me even if I give him the money, so that’s why I acted the way I did instead of giving my life away for nothing,” Layman told WHAG-TV.
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“Honestly I was prepared if I was going to die or not. I’d rather fight for my life,” Layman added.
WHAG-TV reports that the store owner praised Layman’s actions and has promoted him to night manager at the 7-Eleven.
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