Man Tries to Slice Store Owner’s Throat with Box Cutter; Owner Responds With Lead Bullet to the Chest

A liquor store owner was taking out the trash one night at his La Vergne, Tennessee establishment when a man armed with a box cutter approached him and asked him if the store was still open. The place was closed, and so the disgruntled man proceeded to slice the store owner’s neck.

Thankfully, he didn’t get far. The store owner had the sense to carry a concealed weapon. He drew it and shot the other guy once in the chest. The man stumbled away, and police later found him dead next door. The Daily Caller reported:

A man armed with two box cutters sliced a Tennessee store owner on the neck during a robbery attempt Monday night but didn’t get much further.

Police say the owner of Discount Tobacco and Beer in La Vergne was taking out the trash at around 10:30 p.m. when a man approached him.

“He came out from behind [and] asked if they were open. They were not, so he attacked the owner with his box cutters,” said Kathy Tyson of the La Vergne Police Department.

The store owner, who has not been identified, was cut on the neck but pulled out his legally concealed gun and fired one shot, hitting the attempted robber in the chest.

The suspect fled the store after being shot. A K-9 unit found him next door, dead.

The store owner did what he had to protect himself, police said. He is not currently facing charges and was treated at the scene.

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I guess this store owner was “taking out the trash” in more ways than one.