Good: 2 Robbers killed in attempt
KGAN CBS 2 :: Cedar Rapids News
WATERLOO - Two men were shot and killed while apparently trying to rob the East Fourth Street Liquor Store, 1027 E. Fourth St., early this morning.
Robert Maurice Bolden, 21, of Waterloo, died at the scene of the shooting. Antonio McNeal Sproles, 21, of Waterloo, died a short time later at Allen Hospital.
Although the investigation is continuing, police said they don't foresee filing any charges against the clerk, 65-year-old Johnny Sanders, who opened fire on Bolden and Sproles.
"Right now it appears the shooting was justified," said Capt. Tim Pillack with the Waterloo Police Department.
Shortly before 2 a.m., Waterloo Police responded to a robbery alarm at the store. Officers arrived and found shots had been fired during an apparent robbery, and two people had been shot.
Investigators determined Sproles and Bolden entered the store wearing bandanas covering their faces, Pillack said. One was armed with a .22-caliber rifle and the other had a .22-caliber handgun.
Sanders, who was the lone clerk in the store, was in an office area. When he saw the two come in with guns, he grabbed a revolver that was in the room.
He confronted the robbers and at some point shot them. Neither of the robbers fired their weapons, police said.
Both men were shot in the store, Pillack said.
"One of them made it to the door" before collapsing, Pillack said.
The other fell where he was shot, Pillack said.
Sanders called 911.
He said police don't have any indiction that others were involved in the robbery plan.
The East Fourth Street Liquor Store was the scene of two robberies last year. The establishment was held up in January 2009. On Dec. 29, robbers shot a clerk who was working there during a 1 a.m. heist. The employee, 32-year-old Waqar Ahmad, was shot in the arm. Arrests were made in that robbery.
There also has been a rash of recent robberies in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, including last Friday's armed holdup at Kwik Star on Broadway Street where a clerk was bludgeoned with a pistol.
Police said they aren't aware of any connections between the recent robberies and this morning's holdup