Robbery Suspect on a Crime Spree Terminated by Armed Customer at St. Charles QuikTrip

A 26-year-old suspect embarked on a “violent crime spree” targeting multiple convenience stores in St. Charles, Missouri, on Saturday when he was abruptly stopped by an armed law-abiding citizen, Fox News reports.

The robbery suspect, who was fatally wounded during the incident, has been identified by KSDK 5 News as Lance Bush from St. Louis City.

Investigators believe Bush may have been involved in two other armed robberies that day.

As for the citizen responder, he spoke to KSDK 5 News about the events of that day on the condition that his identity would not be revealed.

“He grabbed a backpack and ran inside, looking for I guess the clerk. I saw him grab her and drag her to the front to the counter, something wasn’t right when I saw that, so me being concealed carry [sic], I had my gun on me and I just waited,” he said.

“I walked up to the door and I saw him with a knife to her throat. She was emptying out the cash register and I took a step in and peeked my head in to ask if everything was okay. I couldn’t see his face but he was saying ‘yes,’ but I could see her face she was saying no, she was scared,” he continued.

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“I pulled my gun up and I asked him are you sure everything’s okay and that’s when the suspect said, ‘No it’s not okay, but I got something for you,” and he grabbed his bag, ran from around the counter and started running towards me and that’s when I fired shots.

“I don’t think I honestly had a choice. He already had a knife at her throat, he could’ve pulled out something bigger than what I had then you would’ve had two people dead instead of one,” he explained.

The victim remembers firing four shots at the suspect. The suspect was transported to the hospital and died from his wounds.

In the wake of the shooting, News 4 spoke with a Missouri criminal defense attorney regarding how the law can protect those who act in self-defense of themselves and others.

The attorney, Matei Stroescu explained to News 4 that, “There are certain situations where the use of deadly force is justifiable.”

Stroescu explained that Missouri is a Stand Your Ground State and that, a person’s use of force could be justified in defending others. It depends on the facts.

While it seems unlikely given the known facts of the case, the St. Charles prosecutor’s office is still deciding whether it will file criminal charges against the citizen responder.

Stay tuned for updates.

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About the author: John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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  • Ej harbet July 29, 2022, 1:55 pm

    Eventually we’ll fix the legal system in the cities. I’m thinking a bounty for right ears gets you a free box of rounds identical to those you expended and a night on the town.
    Instead of having to brace for court.

  • W July 22, 2022, 5:54 pm

    St Charles needs a new prosecutor if they are “still deciding whether it will file criminal charges against the citizen responder”.
    If this man is charged with any crimes, the law is wrong if everything in this article is right.

  • Hondo July 22, 2022, 3:32 pm

    Now that’s how you dispatch an angry democrat, fine job we need more of this outcome.

  • mach0017 July 22, 2022, 3:14 pm

    If this keeps up there should soon be a noticeable decline in the number of robbery attempts – at least in the cities where the 2nd Amendment is honored.

  • John Boutwell July 22, 2022, 10:39 am

    This was a block from my house.
    👍for the good guy.

  • Armed and Dangerous July 22, 2022, 9:12 am

    Just taking out the trash

  • Fal Phil July 22, 2022, 8:11 am

    I love a story with a happy ending.

    Stand-your-ground should be law of the land, and prosecutors should have a heavy, heavy burden of proof if they decide to pursue charges against someone defending themselves or others.

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