A convenience store clerk used his legally owned concealed carry handgun to shoot a would-be robber who held a knife to a woman’s throat.

Clerk Shoots Knife-Wielding Robber

The Worcester Police Department in Massachusetts says it all went down at around 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. That’s when 26-year-old Juan Ahorrio walked into the No Name Grocery Store carrying a knife. He then went up behind one of the two female customers inside the store, put her into a headlock while holding a knife up against her throat, and demanded money from the clerk.

“Fearing for the customer’s safety, the clerk produced his personal firearm,” the WPD press release states. “At this time the customer fell to the ground. With the customer out of the way the clerk fired three rounds at the suspect. The suspect was hit and dropped the knife. The suspect then ran out the store. The clerk chased after the suspect and ordered him to the ground. The clerk ran back into the store to check on the customers.”


Worcester EMS arrived on the scene shortly thereafter. In fact, they arrived before the police did, as they just happened to be driving by when the incident occurred. One man told NBC10 Boston he flagged down paramedics when he saw them coming down the street.

“Just so happened that an ambulance was coming down, so I waved him down, and I’m like, ‘Listen, this kid just got shot four times and he’s on the sidewalk now,'” Armando Gonzalez said.

The EMS crew discovered Ahorrio sprawled on the ground with three gunshot wounds. After receiving treatment at the scene, he was transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening wounds.

WPD detectives arrived shortly after the paramedics. They interviewed the clerk and the two female customers. None of them were hurt.

Detectives confiscated the clerk’s concealed carry permit and handgun pending the results of the investigation.

Ahorrio has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife), assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), and armed assault with the intent to rob. He’ll be arraigned once he’s released from the hospital.

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