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Armed Robbery Foiled As War Vet Draws Own Gun
An armed robber picked the wrong guy to mess with - a gun-toting war veteran.
Surveillance footage shows how the would-be robber approached the counter of a liquor store in Missouri and reached for his gun.
But he didn't know the man he was dealing with, armed Jon Alexander, had 30 years of experience in the military and four tours of duty in Iraq.
Mr Alexander pushed the robber's gun away, drew his own weapon, and placed it at the man's mouth.
The robber quickly backed out of the store.
The footage, published by the Springfield News-Leader, has been given to police investigating the attempted robbery.
After the incident, Mr Alexander reportedly said he didn't fire because he felt his "life wasn't threatened".
Jeannine Dawson, who owns the store in Marionville with her husband Max, said Mr Alexander was hired two months ago. He asked whether he could carry his gun at work, the News-Leader reported.
Mrs Dawson said that, while she and her husband don't like the idea of having guns in the store, they made an exception for Mr Alexander given his background.
She was not surprised by his quick reaction.
"If I would have predicted how he would act in that situation, it would have been pretty similar to that," she said.
Mrs Dawson stressed that she instructs employees to just hand over the money in case of robberies.