Suspect Killed in Attempted Robbery

A fatal shooting occurred Tuesday morning at Yantley Mini Mart, 2410 Highway 10, in Choctaw County, Ala.

According to authorities, a suspect attempted to rob the operator of the store around 5:20 a.m.

Choctaw County Sheriff James Lovette said the 19-year-old suspect told the owner of the store to "put your hands up, this is a robbery".

Lovette said the owner retrieved his pistol and shots were fired by both him and the suspect.

The alleged robber died instantly. The owner was not harmed. At this time Sheriff Lovette says his office will not pursue charges against the owner of the store.

"We will present the case to the grand jury," said Lovette. "We will let the grand jury decide. He has not been charged and he will not be charged unless the grand jury indicts him."

Investigators are conducting some questioning to find out if anyone else was involved with the attempted robbery.

The name of the robbery suspect was not immediately released pending notification of his family, but the man is from the local area.

"It is tragic that a young man like this, his life was taken," said Lovette. "But I feel like owners have a right to defend their businesses and homes."


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  • by B on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:13 PM
    I would have done the same thing the store owner did if I was in his situation.
  • by Laci Mitchum Location: Butler on Oct 30, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    All u ppl talkin things u dunt no needa shutup... he made a mistake yes.. but didnt deserve to die.. n fa those sayi dat man was in jeopardy no dj woulda nevakilled him... no things b4 uspeak i no bot n live down da street from the owner.. srr it happened but dunt put him down ur no betta...RIP Dj I LOVE U
  • by First Name Last Name Location: around on Oct 27, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    to the anonymous people who dont know these people need to quit leaving dumb comments about other people.yea i said it and will say it again he didnt deserve to die.n yea the store probably will get robbed again.maybe the owner will learn his lesson by thinking quickly.
  • by Sissy Location: near Ala line on Oct 25, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    One of the main problems is that all our jobs have gone or will go soon to Mexico. If you think it is bad now, just wait. People will feed their families one way or the other. We live in a society that believes they deserve it all. Couple the deserve with no jobs & this situation is bound to happen. I worked retail for 34 years. I was always afraid that I would meet my Maker by means of robbery. I took early retirement & this is one reason why. My heart goes out to both families and also the friends of both families. Maybe instead of snapping @ each other,ya'll could try to find a way to solve this epidemic. Like a previous post said....VOTE...every election. The greater good will prevail. Let elected officials know that you want them to vote the ethical way....not alway the popular way. My condolences, again, to Family AND Friends of both parties concerned. Please use your voice to make CHANGE, for ALL involved. 2 Wrongs Here: Stealing/Killing
  • by Maurice Location: Meridian on Oct 24, 2009 at 07:10 AM
    I know exactly how things like this happen. We have created a do what you want, I deserve to what I didn't earn, the government will take care of me, morals out the door, Godless, society. Pushed on by liberal lawmakers, organizations, and politics. In a differen society this boy would have not been robbing a store, but working on building a better life. We cant continue to elect people into high positions, that have no values, because we like the way they look. Something is wrong when 1 person can have prayer removed from our schools and the majority sit on their hands and do nothing at election time. The same people who want to take guns away from law abiding citizens will argue that the poor criminal had no choise but to use one for survival. If you really want change, elect polititions who have strong moral values, and backbone to stand up for the majority and not cave in to the likes of the ACLU or similar groups.
  • by food for thought Location: in the country on Oct 24, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    While I am sorry for the loss of life for the Law family, I feel the owner did what he had to do , in the time he had to do it in.. When I get under the wheel of my car, I must be accountable for my actions. Same as when I pick up a gun Both can be used as weapons one is deemed a weapon from the start. I have the ability to choose what to do with either. That weapon was drawn on the owner and he had to react.Good thing his reaction time is QUICK or he could have been the dead one. The young boy intended to rob the older man and cause harm to him. No doubt or he would not have taken the gun to do the robbery. He made the choice to rob, the owner made the choice to protect and defend what he was WORKING for Guess the young man should have looked for work.By the way where did he get his gun?IF he bought it why didn’t he use that money to support his life instead of buying the gun? ow did he steal it too Living with the consequences is hard but grateful the man has another day to live
  • by food for thought Location: in the country on Oct 24, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    Been thinking… what would I do in that situation? I am at work running my business, trying to make a living in some hard economic times. This guy comes in with a gun pointed at my face. I’m now lookin down the barrel of a gun, this guy is yellin at me I am trying to figure out what to do , how to do it and this is all taking place in a split moment.. Now Since I am not there and there is a robbery going on I have a few questions first Is his face covered up ? Is he playin a joke ?? Is this guy serious?? From looking in the store which I have been in it. It doesn’t take but a few steps to get to owner. How much time did he have to react only seconds. I am sure as I could be to him in about twelve steps so roughly twelve seconds to consider my life or his. … No time to think about talking him down, asking him questions, seeing if he could be helped in someway.. What else must be going on in the mind of the store owner?? I’ve got a family to go home to now what??
  • by Anonymous Location: choctaw on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    well personally i think no one should be judging either one of them (owner or victim). i know both of them personally and yes it's a sad situation but NO he did NOT deserve to die- NO ONE deserves to die. get it through your head before you make ignorant comments. so for everyone who are saying he deserved to die and good job and other little ignorant comments- you think about what God is saying; you don't have the right to judge anyone. rest in peace dj
  • by Jo Location: DeKalb on Oct 23, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    All of these comments are sad. I am sorry the man died, but you have to expect something like that if you attempt to rob someone. Of course, the storeowner had the right to protect himself and his property. It's ridiculous to think otherwise. The young man made a dumb move. Maybe he wasn't a thug, I don't know. Maybe he was. But either way he was still wrong. If you do these things, you suffer the consequences. It's just the way it is. No one is to blame but him and whoever encouraged him to believe otherwise. You are responsible for what you do, no one else and not society. Don't make things worse by blaming someone else.
  • by Anonymous Location: butler on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:13 PM
    The man was only protection himself (OWNER OF THE STORE). THE MAN HAD A GUN (robber) so what was the intentions the robber had in mind ?????? yelp to kill !!!!!! now what could be the other way close friend ? u sayin the owner needed to die ? he was only protecting him . his life . u would have did the same !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!if the man pulled a gun frist . I carry a gun all the time ant afraid to use it . on people just like that (in that situation )
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