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Bartender shoots robber in southwest valley parking lot


Steve Marcus

A view of The Lodge on South Fort Apache Road Thursday, January 13, 2011. A suspect who had robbed the bar was shot by a bartender in the parking lot, Metro Police said.

Updated Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 | 9:02 a.m.


A suspect who had robbed a southwest valley bar this morning was shot multiple times by a bartender during a confrontation in the parking lot, Metro Police said.

Police said the incident happened about 6:05 a.m. at The Lodge, 5790 S. Fort Apache Road, near Russell Road.

Police spokesman Sgt. John Sheahan said the man entered the bar wearing a mask and robbed the business.

After he fled with money, the bartender, who has a permit to carry a firearm, walked to the parking lot to jot down the license plate number on the suspect's car, police said.

The suspect, however, had not fully gotten into his car and pointed a gun at the bartender, Sheahan said. At that point, the bartender pulled out his firearm and shot the man multiple times in the chest, police said.

The man was taken to University Medical Center, where he is undergoing surgery, police said.

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  1. The general public is tired of these robbers, More of this should happen to deter the others.

  2. "Hey Barkeep....good shootin' pour me another one"!

  3. The only thing that would have made this story better is for the bartender to be a woman.

  4. The bartender needs a bigger gun. Multiple shots to the chest should have put the guy down for good.

    But yeah, good shootin'.

  5. DtSd

    Sure you're allowed your opinion but...

    Go sit down and go watch Jerry, Maury and then Oprah!! Quit pontificating.


    Pssst Here's something for your little liberal mind to digest Dt: how many bartenders in that City, especially in the local places, either are armed themselves as this guy was, or as far as the establishment itself, there is a weapon behind the bar for "situations" such as this?????? If you think none or just a few - WAKE UP!!!!

  6. way to go. point guns at armed citizens and get shot. simple equation.

  7. Score a direct hit. Ding!

  8. "...After he fled with money, the bartender, who has a permit to carry a firearm ... The suspect pointed a gun at the bartender ... the bartender pulled out his firearm and shot the man multiple times ..."

    The most disturbing point is the permit. If this brave citizen had been barred from exercising his protected liberties because of stupid permit issues, we'd be reading about one courageous but dead fellow citizen.

    "Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rulemaking or legislation which would abrogate them." -- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 491 (1966)

  9. I wonder if the Bar's insurance company wants to risk a million dollar lawsuit settlement from an innocent bystander who gets shot verses a couple hundred dollars stolen?

  10. Mr. Ed: Here we go again, blame the victim; coddle the criminal element. BS. Kudos to the barkeep!

  11. There are certain risks involved in armed robbery. I believe we have rediscovered the most important one.

  12. KISS. Point a gun at someone. Get shot. And everyone lived happily ever after.

  13. Take the story at face value and it hangs together just fine, especially if the bartender was already carrying concealed.

    If new facts come out to change this, then fine, go for him. But on the face of it this sounds like a perfectly good shoot. And a lot better than some of the stories we hear about Metro and "furtive movements."

  14. Obviously, this robber didn't quite understand who he was ripping off.

  15. Hey Barkeep, did you get the license plate number?

  16. Let's just hope that Metro leaves this guy alone. He was robbed and did what he had to do. One more thug off the street, unfortunately thousands to go.

  17. "I'd hate to have mred in my platoon."

    Um, I'd LOVE to have mred in my platoon.

  18. yodiracer,

    Multiple shots to the chest does not sound like shooting to disable. It sounds like damn good grouping (gun control is being able to hit your target) but too small of a caliber weapon since the perp survived, so far.

    There is NO SUCH THING as shooting to wound. Never pull a gun unless you intend to use it, and never use it unless you intend to kill, period.

  19. Chunky says:

    Thank you Mr. Bartender!

    Thank you for not allowing another dirtbag make you another victim!

    Thank you for being prepared to fight back!

    Thank you for potentially saving this guy's next victims life!

    Thank you for not sitting back like a sheep and thinking the cops are going to be there in that moment to save you!

    Thanks for taking one off the street!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  20. Thanks Bartender,
    We were wanting to eat there, while driving past the scene, not sure if I should feel threatened by that fact or safe? I was excited to see that hit the guy, too bad his shots weren't successful, now both The Lodge and he can be sued. Plus the state will have to pay for the medical expense overages The Lodges insurance won't pay for.

  21. Chunky says:

    Funny Mr. Mawzy!

    New ad campaign for The Lodge:

    Early Morning Happy Hour!
    Free shots to the thoracic cavity for anyone stupid enough to point a gun at our bartenders! Well brands and hollow points included!

    Definitely don't forget to tip your bartenders and servers!

    That's what Chunky thinks!