Employee fires back at armed robbery suspect

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Phoenix Police Department:

On June 6, 2009, at about 12:30 p.m., two men went into a liquor store at 23rd Avenue and Northern Avenue.Both men had been in the store about two hours earlier and one of them bought a beer.They left and returned the second time.One of the men went outside while the other remained inside.That man, the 29-year-old suspect, asked the clerk, 23, for a piece of paper.As the clerk was waiting on other customers, the suspect wrote something on the paper.After the other customers left, the suspect handed the note, a robbery not to the clerk.The clerk acted as though he couldn't read.

At that time, the suspect came towards the clerk and opened a gate, which separates the clerk from the customers.While doing so, the suspect pulled out a knife.Seeing this, the clerk grabbed a gun and shot the suspect.

The suspect ran out of the store and across the street to a friend's apartment.He knocked on the door and as it was being answered, he collapsed.That individual called 911.The police arrived shortly after that and the suspect was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition.