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Man with firearms permit uses gun to scare off robbers

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A Minneapolis man with a permit to legally carry a firearm said he used his gun to stop an armed robbery attempt Tuesday night, WCCO reported.

Matt Dosser said he first witnessed two men entering University Market in northeast Minneapolis at about 9:15 p.m.

According to WCCO, surveillance video shows one of the perpetrators leaping over the counter and pistol-whipping store owner Mohamed S. Ahmed. After both of the men went through Ahmed's pockets, all three began wrestling and the robbers left the scene.

The men reportedly returned to the convenience store about a minute later, and found that Ahmed locked the door. Dosser saw them trying to break back in, he said. And that's when he decided to step in.

Dosser told the Star Tribune that while he didn't point his weapon at the robbers, he "had it at the ready, out of the holster," which was enough to make the men flee for good.

After entering the store, Dosser said he helped calm Ahmed, who was on the phone with 911. Dosser finished the call for the store owner and described to the dispatcher what he looked like so police wouldn't mistake him for one of the perpetrators.

FOX 9 has a slideshow taken from the surveillance video.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder Wednesday said Dosser did “a noble thing" and his actions possibly saved Ahmed's life.

Ahmed sustained a cut to his head that required six staples. The only thing he lost in the robbery was the cash in his pockets, WCCO said.

While Elder commended Dosser for his bravery, he said it is best that people call 911 in emergencies, even if they have a permit to carry a weapon.

When people get their permits, Elder said "they are instructed not to intercede into a crime that is occurring" and that it should only be used for personal protection.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has a detailed set of questions and answers regarding the state's permit to carry law.

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