I guess this guy didn’t memo… You don’t mess with a Mama Grizzly:
Sheriff’s officials in southwest Florida say a clerk at a 24-hour food store shot and killed a man who tried to rob her and take her 1-year-old daughter.
According to news reports 22-year-old Elizabeth Easterly was alone in her families landmark corner store with her 1- and 2-year-old daughters. When a man, whose name has not been released by police, entered the store around 3:00 p.m. and demanded money from Ms. Easterly. He then grabbed the stroller holding her 1-year-old daughter and headed for the door. Ms. Easterly then did just what she’d been taught — she drew a gun and aimed for the would-be robber’s knee.
A store employee on his way to work then tackled the bleeding man outside the store and held him down until police arrived.
The suspect was transported to NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, were he died from his injuries.
Heh, rest in peace — asshole.
Update (Thursday, October 20, 2011): It would appear early reports got the story mostly wrong… According to Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jamie Mosbach, Ms. Easterly shot Daniel Ramont Hernandez, 32, in the leg before he grabbed the stroller, not after:
Investigators said Easterly was alone with her two young children at the store, 2802 Thomasson Drive, when Hernandez walked in acting strangely. Easterly asked Hernandez to tell a school crossing guard at a nearby intersection that he needed help.
That’s when Hernandez ran around the counter toward Easterly, who grabbed a pistol from beneath the counter and shot him once in the leg, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Easterly ran outside and alerted the school crossing guard. When she returned inside, she saw Hernandez grab the stroller with her daughter in it and head toward the front door, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Brian Sanders, an employee and close friend of Ackerman, said he heard a scream as he stopped his car at the intersection of Thomasson and Bayshore drives and knew it was Easterly. He pulled into the Del’s parking lot and made for the front door as Hernandez was exiting the store.
Easterly was screaming “He tried to take my baby,” and that she had shot him, Sanders said.
Sanders held the bleeding Hernandez down in front of the store until deputies and paramedics arrived.
According to news reports Mr. Hernandez had an extensive criminal record, including arrests for driving with a suspended license, petty theft, and bounced checks… The Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation, the State Attorney’s Office will decide whether Ms. Easterly will face criminal charges after reviewing the investigators report.