Gun Shop Owner Dies Defending Store from Armed Robbers

A gun shop owner was killed Friday defending his store from a small group of armed robbers, local media reports.

Jon Bieker, the co-owner of “She’s a Pistol” in Shawnee, Kansas, was fatally wounded after four armed robbers entered his store around 2:15 p.m.

Jon’s wife Rebecca, the other co-owner, was injured during the incident by one of the suspects who hit or punched her in the face, said police.

Yet, the criminals didn’t get away scot-free as Jon and Rebecca Bieker fought back, shooting at the four suspects, leaving two critically injured and one wounded. The fourth suspect was not harmed.

All were placed under arrest by police.

Local Councilwoman Michelle Distler told The Kansas City Star that Jon Bieker was “one of the nicest people that you’d ever meet.”

“He and Becky were both very, very involved in the community,” Distler explained. They were “big supporters of the Shawnee Police Department and Shawnee Downtown Partnership. They’ve been great resources for teaching self-defense, especially for women, and not just firearm self-defense.

“He’ll be sorely missed.”

Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers released a statement Friday to address the incident.

“Today is a day of great sadness in our city,” wrote the mayor.

Meyers praised the couple, saying they were respected business owners “who do things the right way and are always willing to go out of their way to help others.”

“The simple fact is there is no place for this type of violence in Shawnee or any other city,” Meyers continued. “We pride ourselves on being a safe and friendly city and today’s events, while unbelievably tragic, will not change that. I want to pass along my condolences to the entire Bieker family. As they deal with this tremendous loss, I know our community stands ready to assist in any way that we can.”

“She’s a Pistol” is described on its website as “a woman-owned personal protection and self-defense training, services, and supplies company based in Shawnee, Kan. We are not a ‘guy’s gun shop’ nor are we specifically a ‘girl’s gun shop.’ We specialize in providing a comfortable environment to learn self-defense techniques for men and women.”

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Barry October 28, 2016, 9:29 pm

    I always laugh when they refer to the guy that’s laying on the floor either dead or bleeding as a suspect. Why don’t they cut the B.S. and just refer to them as scum? I highly doubt there was any doubt who was breaking in to who’s store- so why suspects? And why didn’t they show the pictures of these scumbags? Perhaps if anyone saw their picture it may ruin their young innocent lives? This whole P.C. world is twisted 180 degrees and has to change soon.

  • Eric Obrien September 5, 2015, 1:39 pm

    And this is the exact reason that self-defense is an amazing skill to have, and also the exact reason why guns should be banned. Thanks for the article, keep up the awesome blog!

    • John July 21, 2017, 4:41 pm

      When guns are outlawed
      ( banned ). Only outlaws will have guns.
      Only a complete idiot would think that if law abiding people couldn’t have guns, that the criminals would stop using guns to commit crimes.

    • Willie-O July 28, 2017, 3:40 am

      You are a complete moron. First, it violates a founding principle outlined in the Bill of Rights – that being the 2nd (SECOND) amendment. Try reading it. It used to be taught in both civics and history, but maybe it fell by the wayside like the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer (to God I might add) thanks to “progressives” (libtards) and the ACLU. After consideration there will be no second, third, etc. because nothing additional is needed – the matter was addressed fully by the aforementioned 2nd amendment. Read it. TRY to comprehend it. If you still feel that firearms should be banned, may I suggest a move – someplace more “progressive”. And take as many of your like-minded friends with you as will go.

    • Mark Timblin February 23, 2018, 9:46 am

      Yea, but the perps never got away….with anything. Hate to see when one of the good guys go down, he may have gone down but not without a fight that’s a certain.

  • Mark Tercsak August 24, 2015, 1:02 pm

    There are Good Men and Women in every race, who want to get married and have children and make sure that their kids have it better than they did, Than you have the second group they are good most of the time, but are tempted and sometimes behave badly, than they get busted and they go back to being good, until they get the next urge.
    Than you have the last group they do not care who they murder or rape or hurt, or who they have to step on or squash to get ahead and if you rip them off expect to pay with your life, these are the animals of our society, and quite frankly they come from all races not just blacks. The reason we here about blacks is because most live in highly concentrated urban centers and quite frankly most of their crimes are related to Drugs and drug deals gone bad !

  • D Hicks January 14, 2015, 3:31 pm

    My feelings go out to the store owner’s.I owned and worked in retail gun stores for years.I faced a robbery two different times, with the help of a co-worker and and Colt .45 both attempts were stopped. When a person tries to rob you with a weapon in hand you must assume they intend to hurt or kill you, you must act to defend yourself and yours.My best to you Mrs Bieker I am sad for your loss.

  • james wilson January 12, 2015, 8:22 pm

    How retarded to you have be to be to hold up a gun store?
    The Chinese had for many centuries centuries employed a policy known as familial execution for eliminating bad seed. All the parents, grandparents, siblings, and children of these mooks would be executed. Instead of the black “community” cheering on the gansta culture, they would have been self-policing and seen to it that these four were citizens.

    • John B December 2, 2017, 8:32 am

      Stop making iit all about race. You have a white guy kill 58 wound over 400 yet you never brought up race ahole

  • Lloyd Myers January 12, 2015, 4:23 pm

    I knew Jon personally. He was a great guy. I don’t understand why they had to beat Becky (his wife)
    There is a lot of hate going on in the black community. Its more than just a white thing. I mean hell they
    kill each other every day (children) That’s got to be creating a lot of anger within the community. Blaming whites
    is not the answer. Jons death is really fucked me up. And now Becky is left behind. I can feel the rage building in me
    Those guys killed a small part of me when they killed Jon. Is it my fault I want to get even. Is it my fault everyday when I watch the news Some black guy under the age of 25 is killing someone. I mean shit is this profiling or is it fact. When I walk down the street and I see some back guy I am watching him to see what he is going to do. Is that my fault. I mean what the fuck.
    There has to be a bunch of white guys out there that feel just like me. A bunch. Am I a Racist?
    Or a victim of the society I live in?

    • Russ January 12, 2015, 9:57 pm

      Dam Lloyd, sorry for your loss. It is real FU to hear this story, worse for your living it.
      I will try to have you see it my way, but am not sure if you can pull it off.
      I’m not afraid of humans and am very confident when walking down the road.
      I treat all people the same and give them the benefit of doubt.
      I stay diligent and aware and am always planning .It’s kind of like a game I play to stay occupied.
      I notice lots of bums and gangsters avoid contact with me, and it’s usually like minded or older people that greet me.
      I’m white (well, kind of tan, I surf) and hate to hear you feel that way. Maybe try to act like the dog whisperer around a bunch of mutts.
      Believe me, people of any race can be dangerous, whites and mexi’s are the biggest offenders around my area.
      Your living the way Sharpton, Jackson, Holder and Obama want you to. Don’t play into their plan.
      Be armed and confident and don’t go through life fearing people. They’re just people, and in fact, the bad ones are inferior.
      If you can’t do that, move somewhere beautiful and void of people.
      You have one life, and no one else can live it for you.
      I hope I helped.

      • Marquel January 17, 2015, 3:05 pm

        Well said my brother, and I am a black man. Most people, when in pain like to find balance in blame, thugs are thugs, no matter what color they are. ..does evil really have an ethical background? ? I believe that we are living amongst our last days as prophecies are being fulfilled. We need to stop counting losses on all sides of color and realize that, the true loss is in our humanity which we lose every time a sad story like this is reported:( just because my skin is black doesn’t mean that my heart isn’t red, and feel pain as we all do. I will be praying for the Gun owners and there family.

        • Chris from Cali February 13, 2017, 11:42 am

          Very eloquently put Marquez. We are letting fear divide us, and we have no one to blame for that. That is a choice. Ultimately, your prayer and the prayer of people like you is what we need more of in this nation.

  • Bob January 12, 2015, 4:09 pm

    So where is Obunghole and Holdme on this one eh? Washing their tights.

  • silvestris January 12, 2015, 3:58 pm

    Prayers for the owners/victims. He went down protecting he and his wife’s life. As for the perps, all four should be charged with felony murder if Kansas’ law reads as it should, no matter whose bullet’s caused the death.

  • Russ January 12, 2015, 3:45 pm

    Nobody mentioned anything about color, so don’t let S.H. BLANNELBERRY get you all excited with his displaying this pointless story.

    Unless of course S.H. BLANNELBERRY’s point was to make you sad or mad, and start a fight with each other on GUNSAMERICA!

    I’m worse off for reading and listening to all this horse shit that just got flung around with no means of clean up in sight.
    S.H. BLANNELBERRY needs to think twice before he prints.

  • Larry January 12, 2015, 1:25 pm

    RIP, Mr Bieker.

  • WatchingAmericaDie January 12, 2015, 9:51 am

    Were the suspects White? Black? Purple? I’m DAMNED sick of “politically correct” “news” coverage. TELL EM TH WHOLE STORY…!

    • PO in Platte County January 12, 2015, 10:08 am

      Amen to that. If the robbers would have been white it would have been pubilicized.

      • John B December 2, 2017, 8:41 am

        Will it bring the victim back if you know the race?

  • skipNclair January 12, 2015, 8:49 am

    It saddens me that another hard working family is in tremendous pain and suffering over the loss of one of its members. My condolences go to the family and friends of the Bieker family. I only wish that all of the attackers had been shot and killed that day, as now they will still prey upon others in prison, and if they ever get out they will not change their ways. Now the taxpayers will again pay for the lazy, and the give me and I wants. It goes without saying that another example of why no matter how many laws the anti gun advocates pass, the criminals will always have them, and would have made these people easy prey had they not chosen to do as God would have intended, and the 2nd amendment. Let us hope they rot in a prison cell, and never see freedom again.

  • Ken Wilkinson January 12, 2015, 7:57 am

    If they had not struck wife their would have not likely been any gunfire, just took the S— and ran. its motivated mostly by hate. The race baiters are winning. Lovely hard working family gone. Four gangstas will be living on the State for a few years.

  • Blackmaiden January 12, 2015, 7:30 am

    With a comment like that and people wanting to kill WHITE cops no wonder we “who Dont lean to either side” will inherit the earth after the race war is over. THANK GOD!

    • packard January 12, 2015, 8:12 am

      with a statement like that you’ll inherit nothing .You and the 4 suspects should get jobs and succeed the American way. It’s called working!!!!!!!!!!

    • CrackerPower January 12, 2015, 12:09 pm

      BlackMaiden So it seems you are calling for a race war. Be very careful what you call for because you just might get it. When Cracker riots it’s called Holocaust

      • John B December 2, 2017, 8:48 am

        But you took all their guns

  • george January 12, 2015, 4:16 am

    Worthless little nig ga punks. Let their souls burn in Hell.

    • John B December 2, 2017, 8:49 am

      So what would the Vegas shooter be called

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