Ypsilanti Township, Michigan

From the The Ann Arbor News of September 2, 2007

Shotgun scares off 2 robbers

Store clerk fires off a blast as men in black make hasty exit

An Ypsilanti Township convenience store clerk grabbed a shotgun and scared off two would-be robbers, including one who crawled out of the store on his hands and knees to escape, police said.

The clerk fired off a single shot after the two masked men got outside the Dairy Mart at 10131 Textile Road early Thursday morning, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Dave Egeler said. The blast blew out a window in the door but missed the fleeing robbers, Egeler said.

Deputies responded to the Dairy Mart at 4:15 a.m. after receiving a call about a robbery attempt in which gunshots were fired, said Egeler.

The convenience store clerk, a 31-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, told deputies he was behind the counter when heard something hitting the side of store shortly after 4 a.m. He went into an office, loaded a shotgun and as he exited the office heard the front door to the store open, Egeler said.

The clerk told deputies he saw someone crouching in front of the counter and shouted as another man wearing a ski mask attempted to enter the store. Upon seeing the shotgun, the man by the entrance held the door open as the man by the counter crawled out, Egeler said.

The clerk ran after them and fired one shot through the glass window of the front door.

A tracking dog was unsuccessful in finding the robbers, who were dressed in all black and wore white gloves.

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