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Off-Duty N.C. Deputy Shoots, Kills Restaurant Robber

March 27, 2014  | 

An off-duty Rowan County (N.C.) Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed an armed man who was attempting to rob a Salisbury, N.C., restaurant Tuesday night.

Dep. John L. Kempf, 41, was dining at the China Buffet when he confronted the suspect who was carrying a shotgun and wearing a mask, police say.

The suspect, identified as Sakhar Robinson, 21, was shot in the torso, the Salisbury Post reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tags: Rowan County (N.C.) Sheriff


Comments (7)

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Rick @ 3/27/2014 3:21 PM

That's what concealed carry is all about, whether an armed citizen or an off duty LEO, it's about protecting good people from the bad.

Bob Barrier @ 3/27/2014 5:25 PM

Think maybe if these incidents happened more frequently, there would, eventually, be a lot fewer criminals trying to rob ands kill decent citizens?

Donut_plz @ 3/27/2014 5:55 PM

I hate it when they interrupt my feasting at the all you can eat sweet and sour kitten....I mean chicken.

Glad it went the way it did. That's the best way!

House @ 3/28/2014 5:00 AM

they need to ban shotguns so Chinese places don't get robbed anymore !

good job good guy ! glad it went down without any real people hurt.
blues stay safe.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 3/28/2014 7:24 AM

Deputy Kempf, good job and quick thinking you probably surprised the heck out of this guy and he had no time to respond to your threat. I am sure he tried and he died for his effort. it is always a shock to your system when you have to shoot someone. I have done it twice once in the military and once on the outside both lived to tell their story but my shipmates survived and I did not get shot or stabbed by the outside suspect.

S.S. @ 3/28/2014 7:30 AM

NICE JOB DEPUTY!

kevcopaz @ 3/28/2014 5:26 PM

GREAT WORK DEPUTY! Sad when a life has to be taken, but the robber offered this Deputy little or no choice. Thank God that the robber was the only one killed. I have always contended in over 34 years as an officer that a "shooters badge" or a "marksman pin" should be awarded to those who in a REAL LIFE situation hit the suspect and stop the criminal event, not to those relaxed and shooting on a firearms course.

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