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Papa John’s Worker Shoots Armed Robber, 2nd Suspect Flees For His Life

New Carlisle, OH – A Papa John’s employee with a concealed carry permit fatally shot an armed robber during a late-night holdup at the restaurant.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said the incident occurred on June 20 at approximately 11 p.m. at the Papa John’s location on North Main Street in New Carlisle, WHIO reported.

Restaurant employees were preparing to close for the night when two masked suspects barged inside armed with a crowbar and an object that appeared to be a knife or a pair of hedge clippers, according to the Dayton Daily News.

An employee who said he is a lawful conceal carry permit holder responded by drawing his own weapon and shooting the attackers.

“They came running in with weapons and tried to rob us,” an employee told the 911 operator, according to WHIO.

“One’s shot and wounded on the floor, one of them ran out,” the frantic caller said. “They had weapons. The one had a big crowbar and the other one looked like a knife and they were sprinting toward us.”

None of the employees were injured during the melee, the Dayton Daily News reported.

One of the armed robbers was hit by the employee’s gunfire, WHIO reported.

First responders requested a helicopter respond to the scene shortly after they arrived in order to transport someone to the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, but that request was withdrawn at approximately 11:42 p.m., according to the Dayton Daily News.

The suspect died from his wounds at the scene, WHIO reported.

He has been identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as 21-year-old Gage Melton.

The second suspect fled from the business and remained on the run, according to police.

The state expanded its “Stand Your Ground” law in January, according to FOX News.

Under the new legislation, “a person has no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has a right to be,” FOX News reported.

The 911 caller told the dispatcher he was thankful the employee was armed and able to stop the attack, the Springfield News-Sun reported.

“I’m just so glad my driver has a concealed carry,” the caller said. “Because I wouldn’t know what to do with them running in like that.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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