FITCHBURG (CBS) – A would-be robber armed with a revolver could barely bark his orders before he was ducking for cover and making a quick exit from Michele’s Variety Store in Fitchburg.

The store clerk surprised the man with a quick shot from his handgun behind the counter.

The man came in at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

Police would not condone or condemn the actions of the clerk.

“That’s a very personal decision as to what type of action you’re going to take,” says Sgt. Glenn Fossa of the Fitchburg Police.

The clerk’s single shot did not hit the would-be robber, but sent him out the door without him ever firing his gun, and without getting a nickel.

Surveillance video captured the incident.

In July, a clerk was shot and killed at JV’s Variety on Fairmount Street.

Comments (4)
  1. Buddy says:

    Pefect decision! Shoot first ask questions later. Look at the gas station attendent who was gunned down in cold blood after giving up the loot. I think this was a couple of years ago, but do remember seeing the suspect was found guilty.

    Cheers to the clerk!!!!!

  2. gerry says:

    good its about time!!!!!

  3. Tom says:

    Yes, it’s about time. Great job

  4. Denise says:

    Kids not so big and tough when the other person has a gun too! See him scurry like the rat he is… run away! There are so many hoodlum looking kids these days they all look alike – you’ld never pick him out of a line up!

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