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Read & React: Liquor Store Clerk Pulls Gun on Robber

by G&A Online Editors   |  September 6th, 2013 6

The term “badass” gets thrown around a lot these days, usually for Hollywood poster boys who pretend to be tough action heroes laying waste to bad guys on the silver screen.

But these Hollywood actors can’t hold a candle to 54-year-old Jon Lewis Alexander. Now a liquor store clerk, Alexander is a 30-year veteran who has done four tours in Iraq, has extradited federal prisoners, and has worked as both a prison guard and a private investigator. Needless to say, this guy is tough, and he has little patience for petty thugs.

One would-be robber in Marionville, Mo., found out the hard way earlier this week when he tried to hold up Alexander, only for the clerk to stick the business end of his own pistol in the criminal’s face.

Check out the video from KOLR-TV in Springfield, Mo.

According to the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Alexander was working the counter at the Marionville liquor store Beer 30 on Sunday, when a man in a gray T-shirt entered at about 9 p.m., walked up to the counter and began to draw a firearm from his side, demanding Alexander empty the register.

But before the crook could ready his handgun, Alexander pushed the pistol back down with his left hand, drew his Walther PPX 9mm with his right and stuck it right at the robber’s mouth, threatening to open fire.

“I pulled my weapon up and told him, ‘You need to get out of here before I blow your head off,'” Alexander told KOLR-TV in Springfield. Backed right on out the door.”

Alexander later told the News-Leader the only reason he didn’t open fire because the man’s gun wasn’t pointed at him.

“If I had seen the actual barrel of the gun, I would have pulled the trigger,” Alexander said.“My life wasn’t threatened.”

The dumbfounded man staggered, tried to reholster his pistol and left without any shots fired. He remains at-large, though police did swab the barrel of Alexander’s PPX for DNA.

Store owners Max and Jeannine Dawson applauded Alexander’s actions, saying they too have been victims of violent crime in the past four years.

“I think it’s a situation where everybody has to determine what they are capable of handling,” Max Dawson told KOLR. “Wouldn’t recommend everybody do it. You have to have a little training to be able to do stuff like that.”

When police arrived and took a look at the surveillance tape, they told Alexander he was very lucky. His reply? “I said, ‘I think he (the robber) is a little luckier than I am.'”

How would you react in a similar situation?

  • DPW

    I think this would have been a justified shoot, but good for him keeping his cool. Also, thank you for your service.

  • RonaldMcDonald69

    Well the anti-gun people have remained silent on this video, probably because there was no shooting and therefore no victim to laud.

    • Ravi32

      Precisely. the anti gun people refuse to count any incident where brandishing or showing the gun ends the crime or prevents it from occurring in the first place. I was at an event where one of the Harvard anti gun researchers insisted that only shootings in self defense should be counted because “fake guns could be used to brandish”. What? Really a “peer reviewed” expert saying that with a straight face?

  • BJC

    In the Personal defense headlines of 2013 Joe Biden proves what a moron he is and police chief Ken James proves he is also an idiot, if gun’s are not a defensive weapon than cop’s should not have them. Police are here to defend not attack.

  • fc

    He should have shot the MF’R

  • wildmanjeffsmith

    way to go !
    as said before my post–the left side stays quiet when things like this happen
    hmmm nobody killed, crime thwarted, message sent to bad guys, even the bad guy lives to tell about it– everybody wins !!!

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