Meridian Man Thwarts Armed Robbery Attempt

Meridian, Mississippi Willie Johnson of Meridian was getting ready to go to work Thursday morning when a man tried to rob him.

Johnson was leaving to go to work, and after he set his house alarm, he noticed some suspicious activity. Johnson says a man rushed him with a gun in his hand. Johnson pulled his gun out and fired a couple of rounds, and the robber ran away. He says he always carries his gun. He installed an alarm system and put bars around his house after thieves broke into his house twice last year.

"If I wasn't prepared this morning, he would have robbed me. I beat him to the punch. I got off a round before he got off a round. But if I hadn't had my protection and practiced doing this every day, he would have got me. He would have robbed me, maybe even killed me," said Johnson.

Johnson says the suspect was a black male wearing a hoodie. If you have any information about this crime, you can call Meridian police.