A suspect was fatally shot after he targeted two convenience stores in New Haven, Connecticut, within minutes of each other just before midnight Tuesday night.
Police were called to the Congress Mini Mart at around 11:45 p.m. after a man entered the store, armed with a rifle, and demanded cash, the New Haven Register reports. Officers were in the middle of taking a statement from the clerk, when they discovered the armed suspect had just been shot by a store clerk during another robbery about six blocks away at Nino’s Mini Mart.
When officers arrived to the second store, they found the suspect, believed to be the same man, inside the store suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The suspect, described by local media at this time as an “adult Hispanic male,” was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a little more than a half hour after the first robbery was reported.
It is unknown if the suspect made off with any cash from the first robbery, but investigators were seen removing a long evidence box from the second scene, presumably containing the rifle used by the suspect during both robberies.
Incidentally, the two stores are owned by the same family and the two clerks are brothers, neither of whose names have been publicly released.
The clerk who shot the suspect was questioned by police and no charges are expected to be filed against him.
According to Connecticut state law, one can legally use deadly force “to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of physical force, and he may use such degree of force which he reasonably believes to be necessary for such purpose; except that deadly physical force may not be used unless the actor reasonably believes that such other person is (1) using or about to use deadly physical force, or (2) inflicting or about to inflict great bodily harm.”
In addition, although Connecticut does not have a Stand Your Ground Law and there is a Duty to Retreat, one “shall not be required to retreat if he is in his dwelling… or place of work and was not the initial aggressor.”