Thankfully, this particular place of business was not a gun-free zone. But the armed robber that burst in probably expected it to be, or at least expected that all his victims would be defenseless and do exactly as they were told. Boy was he wrong, and now he’s probably paying the ultimate price.
On November 18, a customer in an Indianapolis pawn shop foiled an attempted daytime armed robbery by shooting and killing the suspect.
The pawn shop was Cash America, 2428 E. 38th Street.
According to The Indianapolis Star, the robbery was attempted about 2:18 p.m. and when Indianapolis Metropolitan Police (MPD) arrived on scene they initially thought the store owner had shot the suspect. But they learned that “a customer at the shop shot [25-year-old] Tyerre Allen… multiple times after Allen brandished a weapon as he entered.”
Witnesses say the unidentified customer “engaged the suspect to try to thwart the robbery” and gunfire was exchanged. Allen was struck more than once, but the customer was not harmed.
Emergency medical personnel arrived shortly after the incident and pronounced Allen dead at the scene.
Police believe Allen may have been involved “in other robberies in the metro area.” He had recently been “released by the Indiana Department of Corrections for a robbery [that took place] several years ago.”
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Or, in this case, a gun.
This also goes to show that for many people, serving time in prison doesn’t really solve anything. This guy had just gotten out of jail, and the first thing he does is try to rob a pawn shop. It doesn’t sound like he was quite “rehabilitated” yet.
If he hadn’t been shot and killed by that customer, he’d go straight back to jail, maybe for a little longer, and then he’d go out and commit the same crimes as soon as he was released again. For those types of incorrigible people, execution, either by the civil authority or by a fellow citizen in a self-defense situation, is really the only solution.