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VIDEO: Florida Clerk Shocks Suspected Armed Robber By Greeting Him At Gunpoint

Pensacola, FL – The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) released store surveillance video that showed what happened when a man with a shotgun walked into a convenience store in Florida (video below).

The incident occurred on Sept. 9 inside the convenience store at a gas station located in the 4000-block of North Pace Boulevard, WKMG reported.

Security video from inside the store showed that 32-year-old Rakim Stephen Tate entered the store alone with a shotgun under his right arm.

Just before Tate entered, the clerk saw him arm himself outside the store, WKMG reported.

So, he told police he ran into the back and got his personal firearm.

The video showed the gunman entered the store and wandered a bit before approaching the counter.

When Tate appeared at the counter with his shotgun, he was greeted by the store’s clerk who was pointing a gun at him, according to the sheriff’s department.

The employee can’t be seen on the video, but the footage captured the startled expression on Tate’s face.

“Alright, I see you, brother,” he told the clerk. “I don’t mean no harm, I’m just not from around here.”

The clerk’s responses are muffled in the video, but he appeared to point out that Tate was carrying a gun, WKMG reported.

“I got a big-a-s motherf-kin gun, but I’m not from around here is what I’m saying,” Tate replied. “I’m from Chicago bro.”

Then he asked the clerk what kind of gun he had, the video showed.

Tate leaves the store a moment later and quickly fled the area, WKMG reported.

Authorities ultimately located the armed man in Santa Rosa County and arrested him.

He was charged with openly carrying a prohibited weapon and attempted robbery with a firearm, according to WKMG.

Deputies also recovered the Benelli shotgun that he was carrying in the store’s security video, the Daily Mail reported.

“You’re not in Chicago anymore; you’re under arrest,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a post to its official Facebook page on Sept. 26.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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