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Fast-Drawing War Vet Thwarts Liquor Store Robbery

September 05, 2013  | 

A veteran of four tours in Iraq stopped an armed robbery at the Marionville, Mo., liquor store where he works Sunday by drawing his own handgun and pointing it in the suspect's mouth.

Jon Lewis Alexander, 54, was captured on a video surveillance camera quickly responding when the robber entered Beer 30 and began to point his handgun at Alexander. The robber demanded "all the f**king money."

Alexander pushed the man's gun aside with his left hand and quickly drew his Walther PPK 9mm pistol. He told the man he would "blow his f**king head off" as the man backs away from the counter.

"One of the policemen told me later, 'You're a lucky man,'" Alexander told the News-Leader Monday. "I said, 'I think he is a little luckier than I am.'"

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plato's playdough @ 9/6/2013 2:14 AM

Someone please help me here. I thought if one had proper cause for drawing the weapon (imminent threat of death or grave bodily injury, hostile attacker had gun in-hand) then he had an obligation to carry through, lest he be guilty of brandishing a weapon. Would LEO charge the employee of anything. (I am armed security, not LEO, also with an AGI license.) I really appreciate this forum. I have an immense respect for the Officers who have the guts to follow through with a calling that I wonder if Admins truly appreciate.

Ftgolfer2003 @ 9/6/2013 10:05 AM

He won't be charged with anything. He showed amazing restraint. More so than I would...

Mike @ 9/6/2013 2:49 PM

From a tactical perspective, placing a semi-auto handgun directly against anything could easily take it out of battery and render it temporairly useless or even cause a malfunction. He was lucky. Either way, kudos Alexander, both for your courage and your service.

Leonard Mather @ 9/6/2013 3:31 PM

Alexander's weapon is the smallest 9 mm Walther PPK I have ever seen. And the Perp was indeed luckier than he deserved to be.

Robert @ 9/6/2013 3:45 PM

@ Plato's Playdough... where in the world are you a licensed security professional and still think that just because you draw your weapon you MUST fire it on someone??? Seriously, that defies common sense and law. Please, enroll in some use of force classes if you're going to be armed and on duty... for yourself and the public.

@ Mike, its true that with a semi-auto applying pressure onto a hard surface while firing can take it out of battery, but really, do you think it'll matter in a case like this if the first round goes point blank into the suspects mouth? And no amount of pressure you can apply will prevent that first round from firing. I'd rather have one shot like this (in his mouth) than 3 or 4 at distance under duress and possibly under fire.

It's not a wise move to bring your weapon close in to the suspect, for lot's of reasons, but in the end it gets the message across and probably feels pretty good after you just had someone draw down on you.

Great job Jon!

Daniel @ 9/6/2013 3:50 PM

He's not obligated to follow through if he draws his weapon. Police oftentimes draw their firearms to prepare for the possibility of using deadly force but then the situation resolves itself. They're not obligated to shoot once they draw anymore than him.

Karl @ 9/7/2013 4:45 AM

Alexander did a fine job managing his restraint- probably something he "Learned" in all his military service. ie: the force continuum- which probably is different for US LE than it is for active military, and certainly for citizens. Thank you for your military service, and having the willpower to "answer the call" and respond when it was needed!! The only thing I see happening to Alexander is testifying against the perp. Hopefully his company authorizes employees to be armed while working. His state may also require a concealed carry permit.
Again- Thanks for your military service and and once again responding to the call.

mikee @ 9/7/2013 9:59 AM

Although Alexander displayed great courage I see two problelms. first he could have been the one that got shot and second it takes a special mind set to use deadly force and if you pull a weapon you had better be prepaired to use it and know where you stand if you do because to many times weapons have been taken away from the victim and used against them and that even includes trained police officers

Capt. Crunch @ 9/7/2013 10:23 AM

I'm, glad Alexander, is ok but I think he should have shot the suspect. If he shot the suspect this would have saved taxpayers money and also prevent the suspect from coming back to do more crime. Alexander, was lucky.

anoren @ 9/7/2013 12:59 PM

Where the hell is the video LINK?

Martin @ 9/7/2013 1:28 PM

Robert states "And no amount of pressure you can apply will prevent that first round from firing."while acknowledging that putting pressure on the muzzle can take the gun out of battery. I wonder what part of "out of battery" you do not understand. Pistols are designed to "NOT FIRE" when out of battery so I am curious how you end up assuming the gun will fire that one shot into the suspect's mouth? With over 33 years of L.E. firearms instructor experience I see way too many gaps in officer firearms knowledge. Eventually this lack of knowledge can end up with someone experiencing a click when they expected a bang. In this case though I do not think the gun was pressed against this guy's mouth hard enough to take it out of battery anyway and it would have fired because if was NOT out of battery at the time.

Greg @ 9/10/2013 5:52 AM

One major problem...the thief kept his weapon and was allowed to leave the store. So, when he robs the next store he'll just stand back and shoot the clerk and not risk being shot himself. Instead of stoping a bad guy, he let him get away to rob & kill in the future..perhaps wth a bit more attitude this time.

Not a good ending to the story. You don't let a rabid dog walk away if he no longer is growling at you.

Dave Robbins @ 9/30/2013 8:24 AM

Martin, I agree with all of your points, especially that many LEO's don't know much about the weapon they carry let alone others. As far as that being a Walther PPK, no way (too big and boxy and PPK's are either .380 or .32, even .22)... maybe a PPQ though, which can come in 9mm... that weapon is not what I would call small, even with the out-of-focus video shot.

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