72-year-old who fatally shot robber: ‘I’m a good shooter’
By Jennifer Cruz
A police officer walks with Robert James Johnson, 72, after he fatally shot a man who was trying to rob him. (Photo: WJHL)
Two suspects attempted to rob a 72-year-old man outside of a Madison, Tennessee, apartment Wednesday afternoon, but only one walked away alive after the elderly victim opened fire.
According to reports from local media, the robbery was a set-up orchestrated by Molena Holt, 26, to pay off a drug debt.
Holt, who is homeless, asked Robert James Johnson if he would give her a ride to Springfield. Johnson agreed, but Holt told him she first needed to stop at an apartment in Madison so she could pick up some clothes.
After Johnson drove Holt to the apartment, she got out of the vehicle and walked around to the side of the building. Moments later, two men, one of whom was armed with a gun, approached Johnson’s vehicle and demanded money as they hit him multiple times.
“They didn’t know who they were messing with,” Johnson later told reporters. “They messed with the wrong person that day.”
Unbeknown to the suspects, Johnson was packing a pistol.
“I was getting the gun out at the same time while he was asking for the money, when