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Video: Gun owner shoots armed robber without dropping beer

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August 22, 2023

Surveillance video footage was recently released showing how a man with a concealed carry permit in Cass County, Michigan, stopped an alleged armed gas station robbery while carrying a six-pack of beer.

According to Wood TV, a local news outlet, an unnamed gas station customer at Stone Lake Marathon Mini Mart fired seven shots at the suspect of an armed robbery attempt on July 27. The suspect, armed with a box cutter, was seriously injured during the encounter.

The gas station’s surveillance footage reveals the customer holding a six-pack of Miller Lite beer as the armed robber enters the gas station, dressed in black, and puts on a mask. Court records obtained by Wood TV identified the suspect as Cordelius Anthony Martin, age 35.

Addressing the store clerk, Martin reportedly said, “You know why I’m here.”

The suspect reportedly threatened the clerk before the customer fired seven shots at the armed robber and held the suspect at gunpoint until the arrival of the police.

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According to Wood TV, Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz has indicated that he is waiting for police to complete an investigation into the matter prior to any decision on whether to file criminal charges against the customer who shot the suspect and prevented the alleged robbery.

“In Michigan, obviously, we do have defense of others as part of the law in Michigan, that you can defend others if they’re in a situation that there’s dangerous force being used against them,” Fitz said. “And certainly in this case, we’ll be looking at the facts in regard to that.”

Meanwhile, the victim of the alleged robbery claimed that the customer with the concealed carry permit saved his life by quickly intervening.

After being released from the hospital, Cordelius Anthony Martin was arraigned on three charges, one of which was armed robbery. Martin is currently being held in jail at $100,000 bond. As a three-time felon, Martin could face up to a life sentence in prison if he is convicted.