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Metro-East pawn shop owner shoots at robbers, killing one

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(KMOV.com) -- An investigation has been initiated after a Metro-East pawn shop owner shot at two robbers, killing one.

Police said the robbery and shooting happened Saturday morning at the Pawn Pros pawn shop at the corner of 12th and State streets in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Detectives said two men with a gun walked into the shop and demanded money and jewelry.  As the robbers turned around to leave, the shop's owner shot at the two men, killing one.  The other suspect made it out of the shop and ran down the street where he was later captured by police.  Officers said the captured suspect had all the merchandise and money that was reported missing from the pawn shop.

Police are interviewing the suspect and several witnesses in the case.

Authorities are working to identify the suspect who was killed.  A source told News 4 that the deceased suspect used to be an employee at the pawn shop.

The case will be presented to prosecutors, but police do not expect charges to be filed against the pawn shop owner since he was protecting his life and property from the armed robbers.
 

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