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Store Clerk Charged With Manslaughter After Shooting Armed Robber

Monroe, LA – A Louisiana Dollar General clerk has been arrested for fatally shooting an armed robber who held up the store on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Jan. 3 at the Dollar General store located at 711 South 8th Street, KTVE reported.

Investigators said 30-year-old Rafus LaCharles Anderson was working at the business when a man armed with a gun barged in and gathered up the store’s cash.

Anderson later told police he was terrified that the armed suspect was going to kill him during the heist, KTVE reported.

Anderson drew his own weapon during the melee and opened fire on the unidentified suspect, hitting both him and a customer, police said.

According to investigators, the gunman fled the store with the stolen money and was later found lying near the building on top of a pile of cash he’d just taken from the business, the Monroe News-Star reported.

He was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The armed robbery suspect’s identity was not immediately released.

The customer who was hit by Anderson’s gunfire during the incident was treated and released at the hospital, the Monroe News-Star reported.

Anderson later told police he initially had no idea he had actually hit the gunman when he fired at him because the suspect ran away from the area after the confrontation, according to KTVE.

After he fled, Anderson locked the store, set the business’s alarm, and went to the Monroe Police Department (MPD) to report what had occurred, the Monroe News-Star reported.

Police said he spoke with them after being read his Miranda Warning.

In addition to telling investigators about the shooting, he also noted that the store had recently been inundated with robberies, including two that were attempted and four that were successful, the Monroe News-Star reported.

The MPD ultimately arrested Anderson and booked him into the Ouachita Correction Center on a charge of manslaughter.

No further details about the decision to arrest him were immediately released.

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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Written by Holly Matkin


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