Bridgeton, Missouri

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of March 13, 2007

Would-be robber wounded in Bridgeton

A robber packing a pellet gun lost out early today to a motel guest packing a real firearm.

Bridgeton police say that after surrendering his cash, jewelry and car keys to two robbers in the parking lot of the motel, the guest drew his own firearm and got the drop on the robbers, wounding one of them in the hand and leg.

It all happened about 3 a.m. at the Motel 6 at 3655 Pennridge Drive, said Bridgeton police Lt. James Woodland.

“The man being robbed had a concealed-carry permit,” Woodland said.

After the shooting, the would-be robbers fled. “We caught the wounded one about a quarter-mile down the road, outside a bar that was closed,” Woodland said.

Woodland said the suspect had been taken to a hospital for treatment of his wounds. The second robber remains at large, he said.

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