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Bartender shoots robber in southwest valley parking lot

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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.

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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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