Store clerk shoots robber in Pembroke Pines
An alert convenience store clerk in Pembroke Pines shot an armed man who tried to rob his store on Sunday.
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BY DIANA MOSKOVITZ
Bruce Flanders, 54, a clerk at the Super Stop Food Store in Pembroke Pines, stared down the barrel of a shotgun Sunday afternoon, then pulled the trigger of his own handgun and shot one of two would-be robbers.
''They definitely picked the wrong store,'' Pembroke Pines police spokesman Sgt. John Jacob said.
Here is how the shooting occurred, according to Pines police:
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., two men walked into the store at 6460 Pines Blvd., where Flanders and one other employee were inside. The men demanded cash from the register, and one held a shotgun.
Flanders, of Pembroke Pines, pulled out a handgun and aimed it at the man with the shotgun. That man then aimed his weapon at Flanders.
Flanders fired twice, hitting the man with the shotgun once in the torso. Both men ran off, heading east toward a nearby alley, where police found both -- the one who was shot was in the alley, and his partner was hiding inside a dumpster.
The shotgun was found next to the suspect in the alley. Pembroke Pines police did not release the men's names, but did say the injured man was 21 and the other 29.
The younger man was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. The 29-year-old was taken to Broward County Jail.
Charges against both are pending. The store clerk won't be charged. Florida law allows citizens to use deadly force to defend themselves if they're in danger of death or great bodily harm.
Broward Sheriff's Office investigators also were notified of the car the men drove to the store, a white Ford Crown Victoria the men parked at a nearby Boyd's Funeral Home before walking over to the store.
The vehicle matched the description of the vehicle wanted in the killing of BSO Sgt. Chris Reyka, but Jacob, the Pines police spokesman, said the car's license plate was different.
Sunday's shooting marked at least the second time this year an employee used a gun to protect himself. In May, a jewelry store owner fatally shot one of two armed robbers when they tried to hold up his Fort Lauderdale store.