Armed clerk exchanges gunfire with suspects during cell phone store robbery
By Jennifer Cruz
Police investigate after an attempted robbery of a cell phone store ended in an exchange of gunfire. (Photo: Pioneer Press)
One suspect remains at large while the other recovers from injuries he received when a clerk opened fire on them during an attempted robbery of a cell phone store in Inver Heights, Minnesota.
Authorities say the two suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, waited inside The Cellular Connection around 11 a.m. Thursday and waited for a single customer to leave the store. Once alone with the employee, the suspects made their way to a back room, pulled a gun on the employee and announced a robbery.
Grove Heights Police Lt. Joshua Otis said it’s unclear whether the suspects were after cash or cell phones, but neither walked away with either, according to the Pioneer Press.
As the employee was being held at gunpoint, he reached into his waistband and pulled his own gun. An exchange of gunfire ensued and the employee struck the suspect who was armed. The second suspect, however, took off and left his wounded accomplice behind.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found the suspect, who was later identified as 32-year-old Jamaal Marquie Mays, lying on the