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Sporting goods worker shoots robbery suspect in chest

January 29, 2021 GMT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A sporting goods employee that “feared for his life” shot a robbery suspect in the chest after he tried to use a hammer to smash glass to steal guns, according to police.

Officers said the suspect was warned several times to stop when the employee pulled out his concealed firearm and shot the suspect once in the chest, KOMO-TV reported. The employee told police he was fearing for his life. Police found the suspect lying on the floor at about 11:15 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his chest.

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He was detained by store employees before emergency crews took him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The employee was not injured during the robbery, police said.

Investigators said the injured suspect will face charges for robbery first degree, robbery second degree and theft of a firearm. Police said he is a convicted felon and he could face additional charges.