Police: Suspect kills himself in attempted jewelry store robbery


An attempted robbery at a Woodbury jewelry store ended when the suspected robber shot himself in the store.

The owners of Johnson Jewelers were just opening the store Saturday morning when the robbers came in, started taking jewelry and forced one of the store owners to the floor at gunpoint, the Star Tribune reports.

“I thought for sure he was going to take my life at that point,” Steven Johnson, owner of Johnson Jewelers, told FOX 9. “The gentleman walked in, didn’t have a gun at that point, but I was sitting at the front register. He displayed his weapon at the same time a police officer was driving past the road in the parking lot.”

As the suspect was scooping jewelry into a bag, another employee ran outside to tell the police officer about the robbery, reports say.

Steven Johnson told WCCO that the suspect started to panic and told him to get on the ground.

“At that point, I told him there’s a back door,” Steven Johnson told WCCO. “I said it’s right straight back. So I saw him run to the back of the store. Then I heard a single gunshot.”

The officer, who had been patrolling the Radio Drive parking lot, confirmed he heard "what sounded like a gunshot from within the store" when he began investigating the incident, police said, according to the Pioneer Press.

The officer found the body of a man, who is believed to be in his mid-50s, KSTP reports. Police say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was injured.

Investigators believe he was one of at least two robbers. The other suspect fled the scene, but was later arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting aggravated robbery, the Pioneer Press reports.

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