Iraq war veteran disarms robber and shoots him with his own gun

An armed robber in Florida picked the wrong convenience store to hold up.

Store surveillance video was rolling on Jan. 26 when the armed suspect threatened the store employee and demanded money. The clerk – a vet who did multiple tours in Iraq – was not going to let him get away that easily.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s office posted the video– which shows the suspect pointing the gun at the clerk, who at first complies with the orders, and walks toward the register with his hands up.

As the robber starts to stuff cash into his bag, the clerk grabs him from behind and starts throwing punches. After the struggle the suspect is seen running out of the store being chased by the veteran with the gun.

The suspect did get away, but the clerk, later identified as David Dick, managed to take the gun, which happened to be an air pistol, from him. Dick told KFOR he couldn’t believe all the attention the story and video were getting.

“My family and I are feeling so blessed. All the attention is very surreal. It’s crazy. I never thought it would turn into this,” he said.

The sheriff’s office posted this statement about the incident on their website:  “Although I never encourage our citizens to actively engage criminals over money or personal possessions, I bet this criminal thinks twice before taking on a U.S. Veteran again!!!”

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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