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    Store owner kills criminal in Colorado Springs

    After 10 armed robberies in the past 8 days here in Colorado Springs, someone finally fought back.

    Store owner fatally shoots would-be robber

    Store owner fatally shoots would-be robber

    KIM NGUYEN
    THE GAZETTE
    November 27, 2007 - 10:13PM


    A man who allegedly tried to rob a liquor store in southeast Colorado Springs on Tuesday was fatally shot by the store’s owner, a police spokesman said.

    A 911 call reporting a robbery was made by the owner, whose name was not released, at about 4:51 p.m., police said. When officers arrived at Jet-Way Liquors, 1645 Jet Wing Drive, they found the suspect with a gunshot wound to his chest, said police spokesman Lt. Skip Arms.

    Police said the man entered the liquor store, displayed a weapon and demanded cash from the owner, who was behind the counter. The owner fired one shot at the suspect, police said.

    “I was outside cleaning my mom’s car when I heard a loud boom, a gunshot,” said Frankie Gomez, 15, who lives near the liquor store. “Then I saw an ambulance and came down to check it out.”

    The suspect was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 5:25 p.m, Arms said. The suspect, a Hispanic in his early 20s, has not been identified, police said.

    An autopsy is scheduled today. The death is the 22nd homicide in the city this year.

    The suspect and the store owner were the only people in Jet-Way Liquors at the time of the shooting, Arms said. Investigators were trying to determine what led to the shooting or what kind of exchange was made between the suspect and the store owner, who is in his early 70s.

    Under Colorado law, workers in businesses are allowed to protect themselves from imminent injury. The owner was not arrested, although the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will determine if any charges are warranted.

    Neighbors of the strip mall in which Jet-Way Liquors is located said the owner often was seen playing with his dog in the parking lot.

    “He lets us buy sodas from him on hot days,” Gomez said.

    Janice Sturlaugson said the owner is friendly to her when she stops in once in a while to buy a bottle of wine.

    “Once a year that liquor store gets robbed,” said Sturlaugson, who was holiday shopping with her children at True Urban Hiphop Clothing, also in the same strip mall as Jet-Way Liquors. “Looks like they just got tired of it. Looks like they were ready this time.”

    Sturlaugson, who has lived in the area for 15 years, said the strip mall, for the most part, is peaceful. Gomez disagreed.

    “There’s always stuff going on. A liquor store on Chelton got robbed last week,” he said, referring to the Nov. 20 robbery at Schnapps Box liquor store at 2515 S. Chelton Road, a mile south of Jet-Way Liquors.

    Police have not announced any arrests in that case, and Arms said investigators did not know if the suspect in Tuesday’s robbery is thought to have committed any other robberies in the city. There have been 10 since Nov. 19, according to police reports. The robberies have included gunmen hitting a gas station, a payday loan store and a dry cleaners. Two were in apartment parking lots.

    Police have not announced any arrests in the robberies.

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    id say he did what he had to do, enough is enough. hopefully the d.a. will
    see this as justifiable. i say he had every right to shoot the scumbag.
    force for force.good luck to the store owner.
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    “Once a year that liquor store gets robbed,” said Sturlaugson, who was holiday shopping with her children at True Urban Hiphop Clothing, also in the same strip mall as Jet-Way Liquors. “Looks like they just got tired of it. Looks like they were ready this time.”
    OMG... "Oh no they dih-unt!"

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    Again, unfortunate that he had to do what he had to do, but fortunate that he was able to protect himself.
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    Excellent job. 1 less mouth to feed in prison.
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    If the deceased had a weapon on him when found then it's pretty much open and shut I would think. The only person around to testify is the store owner.

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    I used to live in Colorado Springs.

    That's a rough neighborhood there. Maybe not the roughEST, but rough nonetheless.

    Color me completely non-surprised.

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    Another robbery gone good!!!
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    Another one bites the dust,
    Another one bites the dust.
    And another one's gone,
    And another one's gone,
    Another one bites the dust.
    Hey Hey!!

    Article said "Investigators were trying to determine what led to the shooting". I would venture to say that a piece of garbage walked in with a gun, tried to take something that wasn't his, (booze, money, etc), and was given what he deserved, lead poisioning. I say take the owner to Sportsman's Warehouse and get him another box or case of ammo. Lot cheaper than keeping him in jail on the publics dime. Put another cup of bleach in the gene pool, please.
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    This just in...

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    Sgt Mac: Agreed. Not the worst part of town, but not somewhere I want to be walking at night.

    Follow-up story today:

    Store owner struggling with fatal shooting, friends sa
    'He tried to protect his own life,' according to one
    R. SCOTT RAPPOLD
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    November 28, 2007 - 6:16PM

    Friends of liquor store owner Charles Kellogg said Wednesday he is having a difficult time coming to terms with taking a life.

    Tuesday night, the 74-year-old shot to death a young man police say tried to rob the store owner at gunpoint. Wednesday morning, a steady stream of friends and customers came by his store to show their support. Kellogg declined to comment.

    “He’s struggling. He’s a human being and he tried to protect his own life,” said Mario Sigala, who works at Sigala Master Barber, a few doors down from Kellogg’s liquor store in southeast Colorado Springs.

    “He told me, ‘I didn’t get into a liquor store to take someone’s life,’” Sigala said.

    The alleged robber was identified Wednesday as Gibran Gayton, 21, of Colorado Springs.

    Colorado Springs police said he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

    According to police, at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Gayton entered Jet-Way Liquors at 1645 Jet Wing Drive, drew a gun and demanded cash. The store owner shot Gayton once, and he died at Memorial Hospital.

    Court records show Gayton was arrested in May on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, a charge that was later dropped. Police said robbery detectives are investigating whether he was involved with any other robberies.

    Police offered few new details Wednesday about the shooting and would not release the store owner’s name because his age makes him an at-risk adult under state law. But city liquor enforcement documents and neighboring business owners confirmed Kellogg’s identity.

    Sigala said that Kellogg was planning to sell the store and retire, and that the sale was supposed to be finalized this week. But the buyer backed out Wednesday after learning about the shooting, Sigala said.

    He said Kellogg is a former Detroit police officer, though the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards could not confirm that Wednesday. He has had the liquor store for more than 20 years, Sigala said.

    Kellogg has not been arrested. Under Colorado law, workers in businesses are allowed to protect themselves from imminent injury.

    Police spokesman Lt. Skip Arms said the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will make the determination. Prosecutors expect to begin looking at the case next week at the earliest.
    Sigala and other business owners say Kellogg did the right thing.

    “If somebody tried to rob you with some type of weapon, it’s self-defense,” said Young Shin, owner of True Urban, a clothes store in the same shopping center. “I think he did right.”

    Said Sigala: “The gun was on him and he had a window of opportunity, and he had to take it.”

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    Police offered few new details Wednesday about the shooting and would not release the store owner’s name because his age makes him an at-risk adult under state law. But city liquor enforcement documents and neighboring business owners confirmed Kellogg’s identity.
    Oh, so because I'm not 12 years old and I'm not 78 years old, it would be OK for the police to release my identity, because I'm in the prime of my life and am not an "at risk adult"? Whatever happened to EQUAL protection under the law?! It's not EQUAL when they give "more important, more protected" status to certain people!


    “If somebody tried to rob you with some type of weapon, it’s self-defense,” said Young Shin, owner of True Urban, a clothes store in the same shopping center. “I think he did right.”
    Something tells me that Mr. Shin probably packs heat of his own!

    It's sad to read that a man who justifiably (morally, legally) ended a dangerous and predatory life now feels bad about having done so. Isn't he asking himself if he would rather the dead guy be himself?

    I'm thinking that Mr. Kellogg is probably going to be in line at the next "gun buyback," seeking to get rid of the "hateful thing."

    It's rather like cutting the seatbelts out of your car after they helped you survive a crash, but that seems to be his mental state (if the reports are accurate). Anyone else think that Kellogg is a candidate for "survivor's remorse" and might well relinquish his gun, foolishly?

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    "The owner was not arrested, although the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will determine if any charges are warranted. "

    The store Owner should be able to dig him up and shoot him again,at the crimenals expense...

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    Well, it is a homicide and homicides are investigated. What if it turned out that the store owner had a history of some sort with the deceased? What if it turned out that the owner shot someone trying to collect on a debt? Store owners do not have the right to just kill anyone they don't like. They will probably decide that it is justifiable and that will be that, but don't be outraged about having an investigation.

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    Police offered few new details Wednesday about the shooting and would not release the store owner’s name because his age makes him an at-risk adult under state law. But city liquor enforcement documents and neighboring business owners confirmed Kellogg’s identity.
    So the Gazette ignored the reason for the law which was to protect people's identities in such cases and published his name anyway. IMHO, that is irresponsible journalism from a paper that has no sense of community.
    Friends of liquor store owner Charles Kellogg said Wednesday he is having a difficult time coming to terms with taking a life.
    That's a very common response from people who have had to take a life in self defense.

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