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Off-duty Ill. Cop Stops Pizza Parlor Robbery

October 04, 2011  | 

An off-duty Winnebago County (Ill.) Sheriff's deputy halted a robbery in progress while he was eating at a pizza parlor.

Four men entered Marie's Pizza at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. One pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the owner, who was talking with Deputy Frank Pobjecky, 29. After a struggle began between the owner and gunman, the deputy grabbed the owner's gun and shot the suspect, who has been identified as Michael Sago, 16.

The deputy fired at the three other suspects, striking them as they attempted to flee the restaurant. They have been identified as Brandon Sago, 22; Desmond Bellmon, 23; and Lamar Coates, 23. They are all expected to survive.

Source: My Stateline, WREX


Comments (6)

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Bob @ 10/4/2011 5:38 PM

Nice job, be patient then make your move...too bad about the surviving part

Tom REt @ 10/4/2011 6:31 PM

Carry your own gun off duty. It was quick thinking on the officer's part to
take the owner's gun and use it to good effect.

richard isaacs @ 10/4/2011 6:55 PM

POLICEMEN ARE POLICEMEN 24-7, 365 DAYS PER YEAR. IF YOU DON'T WANT TO CARRY A GUN OFF DUTY THEN GO WORK FOR UPS.

Dr Ruth @ 10/4/2011 8:42 PM

The deputy needs to be spending a bit more time on a moving target range. We taxpayers have just spent a horrific amount to hospitalize 4 criminals who should be in body bags. And why was he there - even off duty - unarmed?
Otherwise, I'm glad he - the deputy - was there and is unscathed. He deserves a commendation if not a medal.

Morning Eagle @ 10/5/2011 2:01 AM

Though I agree it is too bad and a waste of tax dollars that the four survived, still the deputy did a good job in hitting all of them as they fled while using a presumably unfamiliar weapon on the spur of the moment. But always carry your own weapon all the time when out and about. "Off duty?" Not really. Even after retirement the ingrained mind-set remains for most and 'you just never know' what kinds of situations may arise. Anyone that has a problem with that concept is in the wrong profession.

Rick @ 10/6/2011 8:43 AM

This is why all citizens that are able should carry concealed firearms, so they may counter threats to their safety and threats to others safety. Here in California, only the priviledged get to carry concealed firearms. When I last checked, Senators Boxer and Feinstein had CCW's, but they continue to erode others firearms rights. If the national reciprocity for CCW passes and is signed into law, crime will go down. With the bleak economic outlook for the next decade, it needs to be passed or crime will go up drastically.

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