Jacksonville, Florida

From Jacksonville’s Fox30Online.com of August 13, 2007

Suspect Killed in Shootout During Attempted Robbery

Two people are being questioned by police after a robbery escalated into a deadly shooting spree on the Westside.

It happened at Avatar Graphics on Blanding Boulevard at around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Police say at least one person tried to rob the shop at gunpoint. That’s when the owner, Bryan Martin, pulled out his own gun and bullets started flying.

Martin was found shot and in critical condition at the shop. The would-be robber was found a block down the road in a car with two other men. He later died from his injuries.

From Jacksonville.com of August 14, 2007

LAW & DISORDER: Shop owner shot, kills robbery suspect

He returned fire after being shot as he opened his shop, police say.

A Jacksonville shop owner shot and killed an apparent robber after taking a bullet in the stomach himself Monday morning on Blanding Boulevard, police said.

The owner of Avatar Graphics, a T-shirt design company on Blanding between San Juan Avenue and Park Street, was opening his store about 6:30 a.m. when he was shot. Police said the shop owner shot the suspect. Police confirmed the suspect later died. Police did not identify the shop owner.

Surgery was performed on the owner Monday at Shands Jacksonville hospital, Lt. Darryl Daniels said.

Two other males were with the gunman, Daniels said, and were detained for questioning. Daniels said the three, whose names were not released, were possibly teenagers.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said no charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation.


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