A store clerk shot the gunman trying to rob him, police say

Another suspect got away from the Inver Grove Heights store

Police say an attempted armed robbery at a Twin Cities Verizon store was stopped Thursday when a clerk being held at gunpoint pulled out his own weapon and shot one of the suspects. 

Inver Grove Heights police Lt. Joshua Otis tells GoMN there was a call just after 11 a.m. saying someone had been shot during an armed robbery. 

Officers who arrived at the Verizon store found a man in his 20s with multiple gunshot wounds, Otis says, and they gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived to get him to a hospital.

When the officers started investigating what happened, they were told that two men – one of them with a gun – had approached the clerk in the back of the store. 

"While being held at gunpoint, the clerk drew his own gun from his waistband and shot the suspect brandishing the firearm," Otis says. When the shots were fired the second suspect ran out of the store and drove off. 

That suspect is still on the loose.

Inver Grove Heights police got help from a St. Paul K9 unit, South St. Paul police, the State Patrol, and Dakota County Sheriff's deputies as they searched for him but couldn't find him Tuesday afternoon.

The injured man is in custody and being treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Otis says police do not believe it was a random act.

Officers recovered the gun they say was used in the robbery attempt. Otis tells the Pioneer Press the store clerk has a permit to carry the gun he used to shoot the suspect. 

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