St. Charles, MO – A brave customer in Missouri rescued a convenience store clerk who was being held at knifepoint on Saturday and then fatally shot the would-be robber when the suspect charged him.
The incident occurred on July 16 at the QuikTrip gas station located on First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, WLTX reported.
The good Samaritan was sitting in his vehicle parked in front of the QuikTrip when he saw a suspicious person go into the store.
“He grabbed a backpack and ran inside, looking for I guess the clerk,” the customer, who asked that his name be withheld, told WLTX. “I saw him grab her and drag her to the front to the counter, something wasn’t right when I saw that, so me being concealed carry, I had my gun on me and I just waited.”
“I walked up to the door and I saw him with a knife to her throat,” he continued. “She was emptying out the cash register and I took a step in and peeked my head in to ask if everything was okay.”
“I couldn’t see his face but he was saying yes, but I could see her face she was saying no, she was scared,” the good Samaritan told WLTX.
Police have identified the robbery suspect as 26-year-old Lance Bush from St. Louis City.
“I pulled my gun up and I asked him are you sure everything’s okay and that’s when the suspect said ‘no it’s not okay, but I got something for you,’” the customer recalled.
“And he grabbed his bag, ran from around the counter and started running towards me and that’s when I fired shots,” he told WLTX.
He said he fired four shots before Bush dropped to the ground.
The customer told WLTX that he told the clerk to call the police and then he called 911 himself, too.
“I don’t think I honestly had a choice,” he said. “He already had a knife at her throat, he could’ve pulled out something bigger than what I had then you would’ve had two people dead instead of one.”
The customer waited at the scene until police arrived, WLTX reported.
Bush was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Police believe the same suspect was tied to two armed robberies that occurred an hour earlier.
Bush was driving a black SUV that had been reported stolen on Friday in Maryland Heights, WLTX reported.
The good Samaritan who shot Bush has not been charged in connection with his death.
“Every time you second guess if you have to take a life, but you also have to think was it for the greater good and my answer is yes,” the customer told WLTX.
The brave good Samaritan said that he has experience, training with guns and handling emergency situations, which made him take on the suspect when other customers fled.
“Instinct I would say. Instinct that’s just it. I guess knowing that I’m protected, I can protect somebody else,” he explained.