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One bad guy is dead and another is on the run after a failed armed robbery attempt in Tampa over the weekend.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, two armed men wearing ski masks and hoodies walked into Cut Rate Liquors at 3312 N. 15 St. just before 11 p.m. The suspects drew their guns, pointed them at the clerk behind the counter and demanded money. What they didn’t know is that this particular store clerk — 57-year-old Willie Morris — also had a gun.

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Morris drew his weapon and one of the suspects shot at him. Morris fired back and hit Cody Bolesta, 20, who died from his injuries at the scene. The second suspect fled and is still at large.

From everything currently known about this incident, the shooting appears to be justified. Still, detectives said the case will be sent to the State Attorney’s Office, who will make the final determination on whether or not Morris will face charges.

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As the Tampa Bay Times points out, Bolesta has a juvenile rap sheet that includes convictions for burglary. Last year, he pled guilty to illegal possession of a firearm, but the court “withheld judgement.”

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