Off Duty Officer shoots would be robber...
IN AN ADULT BOOKSTORE! Here's the link:
Deputy shopping in adult bookstore thwarts robbery
* A man attempted to rob an east Memphis adult bookstore Saturday morning
* An off duty Shelby County Sheriff's deputy shopping in the store shot the robbery suspect after identifying himself
* The robbery suspect is in critical condition
(Memphis 12/29/07)-A robber attempting to hold up an adult bookstore in Memphis was stopped in his tracks Saturday by a customer who turned out to be an off duty Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy.
It all happened at the Fantasy Warehouse Adult Entertainment Center at the corner of Summer Avenue and White Station Road.
The robbery suspect was critically wounded after exchanging gunfire with the deputy inside the store.
Memphis police say there were at least three customers inside Fantasy Warehouse when a man entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money.
They say that's when an off duty sheriff's deputy who was also shopping inside the adult business identified himself as an officer and told the suspect to drop his weapon.. Instead, he began shooting at the deputy and the deputy fired back .
"The sheriff's deputy according to our witnesses did give the suspect a chance to drop the weapon. He refused and began opening fire that's when the off deputy returned fire striking the suspect," said Major Bill Walsh.
The deputy involved in the shooting, Gary Gadd is a nearly twenty year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and a member of the fugitive squad.
The sheriff's office say Gadd did not violate any department policies by being in the adult business and was carrying a personal weapon and not his service revolver.
"The deputy has been relieved of duty with pay. This a normal situation when things like this come along we ask them to stay at home during the course of the investigation there are obviously a lot of unanswered questions," said Steve Shular with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.
Police spent hours going over the scene and a car outside the business believed to be the suspect's vehicle. Police won't say how many shots the deputy fired at the suspect, but say no one was injured except the suspect.
Officers say the suspect was transported the hospital with extremely critical injuries.
Although the shooting involved a Shelby County Sheriff's deputy the Memphis Police Department is handling the investigation.
Fantasy Warehouse (read: whorehouse) is a well known hook up spot for men of "that" persuasion. It is also next door to a topless joint. Odd thing to me is that the deputy just happened to be there at the right time.
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