An armed robber thought he was in for an easy score when he tried to hold up a convenience store, but he got a very rude awakening when a customer with a concealed carry permit took him down. The incident was captured on a surveillance video. Check it out above.
The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Christopher Lilly, walked into the 54 Food Mart store in Pasco County, Florida last Friday wearing a mask and holding a gun. He immediately started demanding money and ordered the clerk and customer into a walk-in cooler in the back.
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While Lilly was rifling through the register in the front, the customer — a concealed carry permit holder — passed his gun to the clerk, who left the cooler and fired a warning shot.
The action caused Lilly to drop the gun, and a physical struggle ensued between Lilly and the clerk and customer. During the fight, Lilly tried to go for his dropped gun. At that point, the customer managed to get a hold of his concealed carry gun and shoot Lilly in the right thigh.
A passerby called 911, and the cops got on the scene right as Lilly was trying to make his getaway.
Lilly was transported to a hospital and treated. His injuries aren’t life-threatening. He’s been booked and faces charges of armed robber and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident, but the customer is not likely to face any charges.
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“(The customer) definitely stopped the crime from being committed and may have saved someone’s life,” sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll said. “Preliminary information indicates he exercised his right with a concealed weapons permit — he was in accordance with the law in what happened.”
Lilly has a lengthy record that includes 11 arrests. At the time of the attempted robbery, he had a domestic violence injunction filed against him, so he wasn’t legally allowed to own a gun. Nevertheless, he had one, and it’s a good thing the customer had one as well.
“If you’re in a life-or-death situation,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said, “you absolutely have your God-given right in Pasco County to defend yourselves.”